JEWISHcolorado and the Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC) have been following the ‘zero tolerance’ border policy implemented by the U.S. Attorney General and Department of Homeland Security over the past few weeks and share the deep concern expressed by several other Jewish organizations across the country about the fate of children who have been separated from their parents. While the updated executive policy issued last week has called for a stop to separating families, we join the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) in urging further progress be made on a safe and just reunification for currently separated children and their families and ensuring there is not indefinite family detention.
If you would be interested in adding your personal voice to this matter, the ADL is accepting signatories to its petition directed at Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen. The ADL petition language states: “We, the undersigned, call on Attorney General Sessions and Secretary Nielsen to recognize that implementing government policy that indefinitely jails children and their families seeking asylum is a catastrophic human rights violation. We urge AG Sessions and Secretary Nielsen to learn from history and stop this inhumane policy immediately.” You can add your name by following this link: http://action.adl.org/immigrant-families
JEWISHcolorado is the umbrella community organization focused on stewarding and strengthening the Jewish community in Colorado, Israel and around the world. Since 1946, the organization has provided programs and services that embrace all Jews at every age and stage in life. In matters of daily living and in times of crisis, we act with compassion, competence and resourcefulness to impact the safety and well-being of Jews everywhere. For more information, visit www.JEWISHcolorado.org.
The JCRC (Jewish Community Relations Council), a program of JEWISHcolorado, advocates for domestic and international policy issues that affect the Colorado Jewish community, represents these views to the Jewish community and to the general community of Colorado, and organizes the Jewish community in times of crisis. JCRC consists of more than 38 member organizations, 15 at-large members, and is affiliated with the Jewish Council for Public Affairs (JCPA).