ADL Calls for Inclusive Immigration Reform that Gives Equal Access to the American Dream

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.

ADL is the world’s leading anti-hate organization. Founded in 1913 in response to an escalating climate of anti-Semitism and bigotry, its timeless mission is to protect the Jewish people and to secure justice and fair treatment for all. Today, ADL continues to fight all forms of hate with the same vigor and passion. A global leader in exposing extremism, delivering anti-bias education, and fighting hate online, ADL is the first call when acts of anti-Semitism occur. ADL’s ultimate goal is a world in which no group or individual suffers from bias, discrimination or hate.