In recent days, Senators Kyrsten Sinema (I-AZ) and Thom Tillis (R-NC) released details of an emerging bipartisan proposal to grant a pathway to citizenship for roughly two million Dreamers, undocumented individuals brought to the United States as children. Though long-assimilated into American society, Dreamers are denied the dignity of citizenship and barred from assuming a full and inclusive seat at the table. Dreamers, as well as immigrants with Temporary Protected Status, immigrant farm workers and essential workers, and so many others, contribute billions of dollars in taxes each year, donate to charitable community organizations, volunteer for military service, teach our children, care for our loved ones, and provide other essential services to millions of people across the country, and yet they do not share in the same fundamental protections and opportunities as do their documented neighbors.

This injustice should not be allowed to continue and we call on our elected officials to take bold action this year to end this humanitarian crisis.

As Jews, we know all too well what it feels like to be strangers in a foreign land. And even closer to home, Eddie Chavez Calderon, Uri L’Tzedek’s Campaign Director and a former Dreamer and undocumented migrant himself, has endured the uncertainty of what tomorrow may bring. Creating a pathway to citizenship for Dreamers and young immigrants would radically change millions of people’s lives by allowing them to live without fear of deportation. We need to awaken the reality of citizenship to millions of Dreamers across the country.

More than thirty-six times in the Torah are we, as Jews, reminded of the commandment of treating the stranger with compassion and with dignity. The organizations and individuals on this letter and the American Jewish community more broadly have long been vigorous advocates for immigrant justice and we demand to see that the status quo of this country begin to revolve on this fundamental Torah truth.

Alongside our urgent call for a pathway to citizenship, we have significant concerns about other provisions of this nascent compromise which would detrimentally impact on the ability for people to exercise their legal right to seek asylum in the United States. The provisions of the bill are thought to include the extension of Title 42 (a policy which must instead be immediately ended), the expansion of immigrant detention, and the further militarization of border communities that unjustly and unnecessarily pit some immigrants’ rights and protections against those of asylum seekers. Congress must instead decouple the passage of pathways to citizenship from provisions that would cause harm to the asylum system and millions of immigrants.

Immigrants are our neighbors, our coworkers, our friends, and our family. It is long past time that they be welcomed fully into our nation and granted the safety afforded by citizenship.


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