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Federal Judge Rules Immigrant Children Should Not be Housed in Family Detention

On July 24, Judge Dolly Gee of the Federal District Court of California ordered the Obama administration to release immigrant children from detention facilities. After an increase in the number of Central Americans entering the United States last summer, the Obama administration pursued a detention policy for mothers with children to deter other families from
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Customs and Border Protection Advisory Panel Releases Use-of-Force Report

On June 30th, the CBP Integrity Advisory Panel, a subcommittee of the Homeland Security Advisory Council, determined that that the Customs and Border Protection agency (CBP) needs to reevaluate its use-of-force policies and training in light of claims outlining the mistreatment of immigrants due to a lack of supervision from trained CBP officials. This conclusion
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June 20, 2015: World Refugee Day

Saturday, June 20th marks World Refugee Day, a day dedicated to drawing our attention to the hardships that refugees face and the work we must do to help those fleeing from persecution. A recurring theme in our Jewish narrative is centered on our history as immigrants and refugees. The struggles of refugees resonates with the
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Love and America in a DP Camp

By Ruth Drimmer Gilad. This post is part of the JCPA’s “Celebrating New Americans” project as part of Jewish American Heritage Month.  My father, Karl Drimmer, was born in Vienna, Austria in 1915. Shortly thereafter, he and his family relocated to Borislav, Poland, to join their very large and extended family. After World War II broke out
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Jewish American Heritage Month: Celebrating New Americans

The JCPA is marking the 10th annual Jewish American Heritage Month (JAHM) by promoting the theme “Celebrating New Americans.”  Throughout the month of May, JCPA will be highlighting stories of people from all backgrounds and ages who came to the United States looking for a new world to build their futures.  All shared a hope
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White House Launches New Americans Project

This month, the White House Task Force on New Americans has taken steps to outline the federal government’s goals in building welcoming communities across the nation. To learn more about the project, and to share your New American story, click here.
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“The Shame of America’s Family Detention Camps”

A New York Times magazine article examines the incarceration of children and their families seeking refugee status in the United States. Click here to read the full article.
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Faith Leaders Respond to President Obama’s Executive Actions on Immigration

“Today, millions of our neighbors and community members have the security and certainty that they will be able to stay with their families — at least temporarily — without the fear of deportation,” Rabbi Steve Gutow, President of the Jewish Council for Public Affairs, said in a press release. “But no Presidential action can fix
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Jewish Statement on U.S.-Mexico Border Crisis

This month, 20 Jewish organizations joined together to issue a statement of concern about the urgent humanitarian crisis on the U.S.-Mexico border. The organizations reiterated their support for policies that promote human rights, ensure the protection of children, and fulfill the Torah’s mandate to “welcome the stranger.” Click here to read the full statement.
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Recording Now Available for Call on Unaccompanied Minors

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
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