Broad Jewish Community Support Leads to Call for Immigration Reform in 2009

Posted on Wed, Apr 01, 2009 at 15:01 pm

Representatives of all four streams of Judaism applaud DHS Reevaluation of Raids and Deliver Petition to White House Asking for the President’s Support for Humane Immigration Laws

(Washington, DC)– Jewish leaders and rabbis from all four major streams of Judaism will come together on April 2 in Washington, DC to deliver thousands of petition signatures that recognize the harm raids have caused to our communities and stress the urgency of passing immigration reform. In light of recent positive remarks from the administration on immigration reform and a shifting policy on raids, Jewish leaders will hold a press conference to celebrate the success of Progress by Passover while calling on the federal government to enact humane immigration reform in 2009. They do so as Jews worldwide prepare to celebrate Passover, also known as the holiday of freedom, which coincides with the first 100 days of the new administration.

The press conference and petition is sponsored by the Progress by Passover grassroots immigration campaign, which calls for reform and not raids in 2009, and represents a coalition of 13 national Jewish agencies and more than a dozen local Jewish organizations. Leaders will also announce their next campaign for mobilizing the Jewish community, We Were Strangers, Too: A Jewish Campaign for Immigration Reform.

After the press conference, representatives will meet with officials at the White House to deliver petition signatures from 3,500 individuals and leaders of Russian Jewish organizations representing some 206,000 Russian Jews.

WHO:

• Gideon Aronoff
  President & CEO, HIAS
• Jane Ramsey
  Executive Director, Jewish Council on Urban Affairs
• Rabbis Asher Lopatin & Capers Funnye
  Orthodox Movement, Chicago, Illinois
• Rabbi Morris Allen
  Conservative Movement , Mendota Heights, Minnesota
• Rabbi Amy Schwartzman
  Reform Movement, Falls Church, Virginia
• Rabbi Doug Heifetz
  Reconstructionist Movement, Laurel, Maryland
• Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky (D-IL)
• Congressman Luis Gutierrez (D-IL)

WHAT:

Press Conference to Demonstrate the Jewish Community’s Broad Support for Humane Immigration Reform

WHEN:

Thursday, April 2, 2009, 1:00 pm-2:00 pm EST

WHERE:

Cannon Terrace (Independence and New Jersey Avenues), Washington, DC

Rain site: 100 Maryland Avenue, Chapel inside Methodist Building.

Call for questions: 202-302-4912