New York, NY, February 13, 2013 … In testimony submitted today to the Senate Judiciary Committee, the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) urged Congress to reform the nation’s broken immigration system and called for a clear pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants.
Barry Curtiss-Lusher, ADL National Chair, and Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National Director, issued the following statement:
We are gratified by the strong bipartisan support for advancing immigration reform that will give immigrants equal access to the American dream. The current system fails not just immigrant communities, families torn apart by visa backlogs, or undocumented students, but it fails all of us - all families and all of our children who deserve a future that embraces diversity as a strength.
America is a nation of immigrants and we, as Jews, understand the essence of why it is so important to keep America’s doors open and welcome the downtrodden from other shores.
Any reform must include a clear path to citizenship that rejects efforts to relegate some immigrants to a second class status. Immigration enforcement cannot be the job of local law enforcement, who rely on the trust of immigrant communities in order to effectively serve and protect the public.
After years of an immigration debate that has been poisoned and even derailed by anti-immigrant hate, we hope that the conversation advances in a way that respects the dignity of immigrant and minority communities who have too often been demonized.
The Anti-Defamation League, founded in 1913, is the world's leading organization fighting anti-Semitism through programs and services that counteract hatred, prejudice and bigotry.