HIAS Applauds Obama Administration on New Immigration Enforcement Policy

Posted on Fri, Aug 19, 2011 at 11:11 am

(New York, NY) – HIAS, the international migration agency of the American Jewish community, welcomes the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announcement regarding immigration enforcement. DHS announced yesterday that it will implement an agency-wide expansion of prosecutorial discretion guidelines with the goal of allowing immigration officials to focus their enforcement efforts on targeting dangerous criminals. In addition, a joint committee will be created with the Department of Justice to review nearly 300,000 cases currently in removal proceedings and determine which cases are low priority and can be administratively closed.

According to Gideon Aronoff, President & CEO of HIAS, "We are pleased to see that the Obama Administration is choosing to better focus immigration enforcement resources, especially as Congress has given no indication it will reform our country's broken immigration laws any time soon. As Jews, we support policies that fulfill the Torah's mandate to 'welcome the stranger,' as we know that effective immigration policies have often made the difference between life and death, between oppression and the opportunity for success."

HIAS has long advocated that the U.S. government prioritize the removal of people who pose a danger to the U.S., and to make sure they are not focusing resources on deporting individuals who pose no threat to public safety, such as DREAM students. HIAS will monitor how this new policy is implemented and continue to advocate for effective immigration enforcement as part of comprehensive immigration reform at the federal level.

Learn more about HIAS' policy regarding immigration enforcement.