A leading Jewish social justice organization has submitted testimony to the House Judiciary Committee, expressing the need for a just and equitable immigration system that includes equal rights for gay and lesbians Americans and aspiring Americans and their families.
“Many of our own families were able to enter America either as a result of the welcoming immigration policies of an earlier era, or through other means, and were able to move into the middle class largely as a result of the availability of living wage jobs and access to good public education,” wrote Bend the Arc Jewish Action CEO Alan van Capelle in his testimony.
Bend the Arc is the nation’s leading progressive Jewish voice dedicated solely to mobilizing Jewish Americans to advocate for the nation’s most vulnerable.
“We support common sense immigration reform, and we want to make sure Congress crafts reform in a manner that holds dear the ideals of justice and equality – principles at the heart of both the American justice system and Judaism,” van Capelle said after the House Judiciary Committee hearing. “We must work to ensure justice for the 11 million people who toil in the shadow economy without the labor protections that others enjoy, as well as equality for LGBT Americans and their families.”