Congregation Sukkat Shalom

September 5, 2017

Action Needed!

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This is from the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism:

Today, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced the administration’s decision to end the DACA program. DACA, or the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, has allowed nearly 800,000 undocumented immigrant youth who were brought to the United States as children to obtain work permits, attend school, and contribute openly to our economy without fear of deportation. By ending the program, the administration will again make these young people, known as DREAMers, vulnerable to deportation or detention. Participants in and applicants to DACA trusted the federal government with their names and contact information when applying to the program – information that makes them especially vulnerable to deportation now.

In a statement released today, Rabbi Jonah Dov Pesner, director of the Religious Action Center, declared, “President Trump’s decision to end the DACA program is morally misguided and poor public policy. The contributions of DACA recipients – young people brought to this country by their parents and who lack citizenship through no fault of their own – make our country stronger.”

This appalling decision demands a strong, immediate reaction. The RAC is joining with partners around the country to show broad support for DACA, including calling on Congress to step up and support DREAMers where the President failed.

We hope you will join us by taking action:
  1. Urge your Senators and Representative to immediately pass a clean Dream Act of 2017 (S.1615/H.R.3440). Congress must act now to protect DACA recipients from deportation or detention. The bipartisan Dream Act would grant DACA recipients permanent residence status and provide a pathway to citizenship for DREAMers who attend college, work in the U.S., or serve in the military.
  2. Show broad, public, and unified support in your community by joining events, vigils, and other activities to support DREAMers. Visit http://www.weareheretostay.org to find events in your community. By joining with others, we will help show the full breadth of support for DREAMers and for a just immigration system.

We also encourage you to amplify the message and show widespread support for DREAMers by posting on your social media accounts. Check out the RAC’s Facebook and Twitter accounts for posts you can share.

In Leviticus, we are demanded to welcome the stranger and “love them as yourself.” This teaching is repeated 35 times in the Torah, the most repeated of any commandment. Our own people’s history as “strangers” remind us of the many struggles faced by immigrants today. The administration’s decision to end DACA compels us to affirm our commitment to these values by standing with the young people affected by the termination of the DACA program. Thank you for taking action with us.

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