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Welcome from Rachel Laser, RAC Deputy Director


Rachel Laser
Our country is overdue for a conversation about what it's really like to be part of a working family in America today. So when I heard that the White House will hold a Summit on Working Families on June 23, I felt a surge of excitement. Finally, the conversations we've been having in the carpool lines and on our coffee breaks will be ringing in the halls of the White House. I invite you to add your voice to the conversation here on Double Booked. Read more

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Comment on Reform Jewish Movement Applauds New Protections for Undocumented Immigrants by Jonathan Edelman

Ellen, Thank you for your comment. We have long advocated for fixing our broken immigration system which, among other problems, is characterized by decades-long backlogs in the legal processing system. Indeed, strengthening the channels of legal immigration is among the ways we need to fix the problem of unauthorized immigration in the future. Feel free to check out our issue page for more info: http://rac.org/advocacy/issues/issueir/

Comment on Reform Jewish Movement Applauds New Protections for Undocumented Immigrants by Jonathan Edelman

George, Thank you for your comment. Following the lead of several constitutional scholars, we believe that the President’s executive action was constitutional—indeed, several Presidents before him made similar actions to provide relief for undocumented immigrants from deportation. This executive action does not limit Congress from passing comprehensive immigration reform, and we will still be advocating for a bill as soon as the new Congress comes in. Feel free to check out our issue page for more info: http://rac.org/advocacy/issues/issueir/

Comment on Standing Up Against Discrimination, from 35,000 Feet Up in the Sky by Jonathan Edelman

Sura, Thank you for your comment. There’s a really strong debate going on in Israel right now over what exactly discrimination means, and I’m glad you brought that to our attention. To be sure, we ask people to change seats all the time, and you’re right, a lot of the time it’s not because of discrimination: sometimes we want to be next to our friends or family, sometimes we don’t like the window seat, and sometimes we can’t sit in the exit row. Yet many of the women who have been asked to move have felt harassed because of their gender. We think it’s important that when you board an airplane, you shouldn’t have to worry about being asked to move simply because of your gender. Feel free to check out our issue page for more info: http://rac.org/advocacy/issues/issueisr/index.cfm?

Comment on It’s Time for Moral Action on Immigration from the President by Jonathan Edelman

Thank you for your comment. As you probably now know, the President recently announced an executive action to offer deportation relief to 4.9 million undocumented immigrants. Like you, we also believe that immigration reform can only be solved through Congress, and we have called on Congress for years to pass a bill to comprehensively reform our broken immigration system. According to legal scholars, the President’s executive action was both legal and constitutional. We still believe Congressional legislation is better than executive action, but in the absence of congressional action, we welcomed the president's action. Feel free to check out our issue page for more info on our work on immigration reform: http://rac.org/advocacy/issues/issueir/
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