Immigration

In 2014-2015, the Temple Jeremiah social action / advocacy committee took on the issue of immigration. It continues to be an important ongoing issue that we are monitoring.

Immigration Platform:

  • Our nation is stronger when we welcome those of different race, ethnicity, and faith traditions.
  • Our nation will be stronger with clear paths toward citizenship for immigrants.
  • All people within our nation should be treated with dignity and respect.

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28 June 2016

About the Major Supreme Court Ruling on Immigration and DREAMERS

By Jennifer Gong Gershowitz

As you may have heard, the Supreme Court issued a 4-4 ruling on June 23, 2016 in a case challenging President Obama’s plan to shield as many as five million unauthorized immigrants from deportation and to allow them to work in the United States. The decision leaves in place an appeals court ruling blocking a 2014 administrative action that expanded the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA+) programs and added relief for undocumented parents of American citizens and lawful permanent residents called the Deferred Action for Parents of Americans (DAPA). This ruling, however, should NOT impact those who qualify for deferred action under the original criteria announced in June 2012 (DACA). Due to the confusion surrounding DACA (often known by its legislative counterpart as the DREAM act that has thus far failed to pass Congress), I have attempted to provide some background information below that I thought the Committee might find helpful in understanding the impact of the Supreme Court’s ruling today.

18 February 2016

Mark Kirk resurrects bid to block Syrian refugee admissions

A group of Republican senators led by Sen. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) is pushing the Obama administration to put in place a Syrian refugee moratorium over fears that terrorists might use fake passports to enter the United States. Read the full article here.

22 April 2015

Immigration Reform discussion with Senator Richard Durbin and Archbishop Blase J. Cupich

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Temple Jeremiah to host conversation on immigration reform with Senator Richard Durbin and Archbishop Blase Cupich

Senator Richard Durbin and Archbishop Blase Cupich will discuss immigration reform on Sunday, May 3, 2015, at 4 p.m. at Temple Jeremiah, 937 Happ Road in Northfield.

Moderated by Rabbi Paul F. Cohen, Temple Jeremiah’s senior rabbi, the panel discussion “Immigration Reform: A Conversation with Senator Richard Durbin and Archbishop Blase Cupich” will feature discussion on the legislative history, proposed solutions, and the moral imperatives influencing the search for a consensus on the issue of immigration reform.

 

26 March 2015

Immigration Reform: Why should I care?: The security issue

Today we raise another issue on immigration for discussion as we consider the many sides of the security question and its implications for society. We will provide the pros and cons of three questions:

  1. Do we let in criminals and add to the crime rate when we allow immigration?
  2. Does immigration increase money laundering and the illegal importation of drugs
  3. Does immigration pose an increased threat of terrorism?

 

03 March 2015

Temple Jeremiah Family Tree

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To see a map of our congregants' places of origin (updated weekly), see below (or click here).

13 February 2015

Upcoming Event: Immigration 101

Adult Learning: Pulse of Our World
Sunday, March 1, 2015, 9:30 a.m.

On Sunday, March 1, 2015, the topic of our Pulse of Our World session will be Immigration 101. We will learn from Bill Schiller, an immigration lawyer with the law firm Davidson and Schiller, LLC, and a member of Temple Jeremiah. Bill will discuss and answer questions on the status of U.S. immigration law, the recent Obama executive orders regarding the status of illegal immigrants, and proposed immigration reform legislation and why people are for and against the legislation.

27 January 2015

Lisa Palombo

On Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015, Lisa Palombo, a well-known immigration attorney, spoke to our 7th and 9th graders about immigration reform. 

Watch her video here:

 

23 January 2015

Immigration: Why should I care? The economic effect

By STEPHEN MILLER
Social Action Committee

Immigration Reform will be this year’s advocacy focus for Temple Jeremiah. Over the next few months, we will provide information regarding four key issues in the immigration reform debate: the moral perspective, the economic effect, the security issue and legislative status.

Do illegal/undocumented immigrants overtax our economy and come with hidden costs to American taxpayers? Or do they instead provide a source of value to the economy from added taxes whose financial contribution exceeds what they use in public services and benefits? Which side of the debate is right — or could they both be right? This article will explore both sides of the immigration debate and look at the economic dimension of the through the lens of so-called experts in the field. Today, we look at what experts consider when measuring the economic impact of undocumented workers.

 

09 January 2015

Immigration: Why should I care? The moral perspective

By THE SOCIAL ACTION COMMITTEE

Immigration Reform will be this year’s advocacy focus for Temple Jeremiah. Over the next few months, we will provide information regarding four key issues in the immigration reform debate: the moral perspective, the economic effect, the security issue and legislative status.

With so many critical social issues facing our country today, why should we, as Jews, care about immigration? What relevance does this important topic hold for us as individuals and as a community committed to social justice? As Congress and the country as a whole grapple with how to fix a broken immigration system, we can begin to explore this important issue from a Jewish perspective.

 

01 January 2015

President Obama's executive order on immigration

Click here to see a review of President Obama’s executive order that was announced a few weeks ago.