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WASHINGTON, DC, October 2, 2014 — In response to President Obama's announcement of a plan to address the unaccompanied children fleeing violence in Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala, Barbara Weinstein, Director of the Commission on Social Action of ReformJudaism, issued the following statement:
We welcome President Obama's plan to address the humanitarian crisis caused by the growing number children arriving in the U.S. as they flee violence in Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala. The President's plan would provide in-country processing of refugee applications in an effort to discourage children from making the dangerous trip from their home countries to the U.S.
Throughout our Reform Movement, we are inspired by Jewish texts that remind us to welcome the stranger, an imperative made even more compelling by the knowledge that these children arriving in the U.S. are fleeing horrific violence in their home countries. We are proud of our Reform Movement congregants and institutions that have responded with compassion to the children who have arrived in their communities.
Many details in the President's plan are yet to be established and we look forward to learning more about them as they become clearer. Above all, Congress and President Obama must work together to achieve a comprehensive fix for our broken immigration policy.