Last Wednesday, July 23, HIAS, JCPA, AJC, and ADL held a national “We Were Strangers, Too” conference call to discuss the urgent humanitarian crisis at the U.S-Mexico border and the Jewish community’s response. During the call, we were joined by Representative Zoe Lofgren (D-CA-19), a leader for immigrants and refugees in Congress who is also Ranking Member of the House Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on Immigration and Border Security. If you missed the call, you can listen to a recording here.
To learn more about the great work that Jewish communities around the country are doing to respond to the growing crisis of unaccompanied children at the U.S.-Mexico border, you can read this recent article from the Baltimore Jewish Times.
You also have the opportunity to take action now! Congress is currently considering an emergency appropriations funding to meet the needs of unaccompanied children while maintaining our country’s commitment to asylum seekers and refugees. Tell Congress to support the Senate proposal which includes $1.2 billion to address the dire shortfall in funding for the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR), the government agency responsible for serving unaccompanied children as well as refugees, asylum seekers, and other vulnerable populations. To take action, click here.