September 6, 2017–The Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC) commends Republican Senator Cory Gardner and Democratic Senator Michael Bennet for backing the Dream Act, a bipartisan bill that would shield young immigrants from deportation and give them a pathway to citizenship. Under the proposed Dream Act, immigrants who illegally came to the U.S. before they turned 18 can qualify for legal residence — and eventually citizenship — if they meet certain conditions.
JCRC also applauds Republican Congressman Mike Coffman and Democratic Congresswoman Diana DeGette for their bi-partisan alternative effort to pass legislation that would extend the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program for three years.
JCRC opposes the Trump Administration’s decision to terminate DACA. JCRC strongly supports DACA and opposes any efforts to defund or terminate this important program. Since 2012, the DACA program has enabled eligible young people who came to this country as children to voluntarily come forward and pass background checks in exchange for permission to live and work in America without fear of deportation. Without solutions like those supported by Republican and Democratic members of Colorado’s delegation to Congress, termination of DACA has the potential to place nearly 800,000 individuals – including 17,000 in Colorado – at risk of deportation and separation from their families.
We applaud members of our Colorado delegation for showing such leadership and urge our entire Colorado delegation to support bipartisan approaches to find a permanent legislative solution – one that would replace fear and uncertainty with permanent protections.
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 35 member organizations, 15 at-large members, and is affiliated with the Jewish Council for Public Affairs (JCPA).