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Reform Jewish Movement Adopts Resolution in Support of Comprehensive Immigration Reform

Feldman: At a time when presidential candidates and voters are increasingly focused on immigration, we are hopeful that this resolution, adopted by the largest Jewish movement in North America, will raise the level of debate and advance a fair and reasoned policy response to this crucial issue.

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Washington, January 11, 2008 – Responding to the ongoing and significant shortcomings in our national immigration policy, the Union for Reform Judaism recently adopted a resolution in support of comprehensive immigration reform.  Rabbi Marla Feldman, Director of the Commission on Social Action of Reform Judaism, hailed the resolution’s adoption:

As Reform Jews, our religious tradition and our historical experiences lead us to support immigration policy that is compassionate and fair. We are taught to welcome the stranger because we were strangers in the land of Egypt. It was also not so long ago that we were newcomers to the United States, in search of religious freedom and economic opportunity, like so many others today. The resolution in support of Comprehensive Immigration Reform, adopted at the Union for Reform Judaism’s recent Biennial convention in San Diego, is a continuation of our long-time commitment to advancing a just national immigration policy.

Comprehensive immigration reform is the only policy that acknowledges the economic, social, and security realities of 21st century America. A path to earned citizenship combined with effective and humane border security will give us the tools to create a stronger economy and a safer nation that simultaneously values the bonds of family. At a time when presidential candidates and voters are increasingly focused on immigration, we are hopeful that this resolution, adopted by the largest Jewish movement in North America, will raise the level of debate and advance a fair and reasoned policy response to this crucial issue.

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 The Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism is the Washington office of the Union for Reform Judaism, whose more than 900 congregations across North America encompass 1.5 million Reform Jews, and the Central Conference of American Rabbis, whose membership includes more than 1800 Reform rabbis



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