HIAS Responds to GOP Immigration Principles

Posted on Fri, Jan 31, 2014 at 12:10 pm

(New York, NY) – HIAS today welcomed the GOP Principles on Immigration Reform as an important first step toward addressing the broken U.S. immigration system. The principles provide a general outline of standards regarding border security, interior enforcement, reforms to the legal immigration system, and a way to address the estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants currently living in the U.S.

Mark Hetfield, HIAS' president & CEO, was "encouraged to see Republican leadership finally discussing this issue in a serious way, but it concerns us that the principles do not include a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants—a policy we know is crucial to fixing our broken system. We clearly need to address future flows of migration, but the solution is not as simple as a temporary program for high-skilled workers. In accordance with today's economic reality, we also need to set up legal channels to meet the need for low-skilled workers."

Hetfield added, "As an organization deeply rooted in Jewish values, we support policies that fulfill the Torah's mandate to 'welcome the stranger.' We look forward to working with congressional leaders from both sides of the aisle to ensure that our immigration system is reformed in a way that honors our American and Jewish values.