September 6, 2017
Minneapolis, MN — Steve Hunegs, executive director of the Jewish Community Relations Council of Minnesota and the Dakotas (JCRC), issued the following statement:
“The Jewish Community Relations Council of Minnesota and the Dakotas (JCRC), the public affairs voice for the Jewish community, strongly opposes the Trump Administration’s decision to repeal the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, revoking protections for nearly 800,000 people, including more than 6,300 Minnesotans, who are now at risk of deportation and separation from their families.
“Initiated in 2012 by the Obama Administration, the DACA program allows eligible undocumented young people brought to this country as children, who know no other country than the United States, to voluntarily step out of the shadows and pass scrupulous background checks, which, in exchange, grants these law-abiding immigrants permission to live and work in America without fear of deportation.
“Americans from all backgrounds have benefited from the talents and contributions of these young immigrants. These people, who are our neighbors, classmates, co-workers, friends and family, have placed their futures in the hands of our nation’s leaders by voluntarily participating in the DACA program with the hope that by so doing they might honor the sacrifices made by their parents and grandparents, as well as lay the foundation for a better future for the next generation.
“In the wake of the violence in Charlottesville, the devastation of Hurricane Harvey, where Americans from all backgrounds are coming together to rescue their neighbors and strangers alike, and the approach of Hurricane Irma, now more than ever is a time to pull our nation together and not literally pull families and communities apart.
“The American Jewish community has a venerable history of active engagement in supporting new immigrants both from within and beyond the Jewish community. Accordingly, the JCRC is proud to stand shoulder to shoulder with our national colleagues at the Jewish Council of Public Affairs, the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society, the Anti-Defamation League, the American Jewish Committee, and several other organizations who have opposed the Administration’s repeal of DACA and/or called for the passage of the bipartisan ‘Dream Act of 2017,’ which offers permanent protection to these undocumented immigrants, within the six month period set by the Administration.”
As the public affairs voice of the Jewish community, the JCRC fights anti-Semitism and prejudice, advocates for Israel, provides Holocaust education, promotes tolerance and social justice, and builds bridges across the Jewish and broader communities.