Throughout our history as a Jewish people, we have been faced with similar struggles being endured by immigrants in our country today. We understand the danger of turning one group of people into a scapegoat for the ills of the country. As Leviticus (19:33-34 ) commands, we cannot turn our back on those who, like ourselves in the land of Egypt, are ‘strangers.’ A coalition of conservative attorneys general is putting pressure on the President to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program by September 5th, or they will sue to stop it. DACA was implemented in 2012 to protect DREAMers, undocumented young people who arrived in the U.S. before the age of sixteen, from deportation. It provides DREAMers the opportunity to work and pursue an education with a measure of security and protection in the country they call home. DACA allows nearly 800,000 DREAMers nationwide to contribute to communities across our country. In Colorado, DACA has had a significant impact on the lives of over 17,000 young people.
Under the increasing threats to DACA, it is important to not turn our back on supporting immigrants and their ability to contribute and thrive here. On July 20, 2017, Senators Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Dick Durbin (D-IL), Jeff Flake (R-AZ), and Chuck Schumer (D-NY) introduced the Dream Act of 2017. This is a bi-partisan bill that would provide a direct route to U.S. citizenship for people who are either undocumented, have DACA or temporary protected status, and graduated from a U.S. high school, and either attended college, entered the workforce, or enlisted in a military program. If you agree that this is a step in the right direction against turning our backs on those who are ‘strangers’ among us, please contact your Senators and Representatives to make your voice heard. Their contact information is as follows: Senator Cory Gardner at (202)-224-5941 or (303) 391-5777; Senator Michael Bennet at (202) 224-5852 or (303) 455-7600; Representative Jared Polis (2nd CD) at (202) 225-2161 or (303) 484-9596; Representative Ken Buck (4th CD) at (202) 225-4676 or (970) 702-2136; Representative Mike Coffman (6th CD) at (202) 225-7882 or (720) 748-7514.
With much appreciation in standing with others,
Har HaShem’s Tzedek Task Force