Bend the Arc: Government-sanctioned violence against Haitian asylum-seekers highlights need to change our immigration system

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Thursday, September 23
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Bend the Arc: Government-sanctioned violence against Haitian asylum-seekers highlights need to change our immigration system
The U.S. needs to stop deportations, pass a pathway to citizenship, and invest tax dollars in programs that benefit all of us

WASHINGTON – Bend the Arc: Jewish Action released the following statement on Thursday in response to the Biden administration’s treatment of Haitian immigrants in Texas and elsewhere:

“The appalling images of border patrol agents on horseback rounding up Haitian asylum-seekers are another disturbing reminder of the brutality of our current immigration system, and the need for systemic changes that treat immigrants with dignity,” said Rabbi Jason Kimelman-Block, Washington Director of Bend the Arc: Jewish Action. “What we are seeing now is a feature of an immigration system built on centuries of white supremacy. We call on the Biden administration to halt deportations of Haitian immigrants, hold CBP accountable, and put an end to racist immigration policies that continue to intimidate, hurt, and demonize Black people.”

“As Jews around the world continue to celebrate Sukkot, a holiday that recalls our ancestors’ migration through the wilderness from enslavement to the promised land, we renew our call for a pathway to citizenship that ensures millions of immigrants and their families can work without fear of deportation, detention, and family separation.”

“An overwhelming majority of Americans believe that the U.S. needs a fair and humane approach to immigration, one that respects every person and invests tax dollars in programs that benefit all of us. Congress must stop writing a blank check to ICE and CBP who waste taxpayer dollars, undermine our values, and harm immigrants, and they must swiftly pass a pathway to citizenship for millions of immigrants. The Biden administration must immediately change course and halt deportations, and throw the full weight of the White House behind getting a pathway to citizenship across the finish line.”

Bend the Arc: Jewish Action is uniting a movement of tens of thousands of progressive Jews across the country who are fighting for justice and equality for all. We are the only national Jewish organization focused exclusively on social change in the United States.

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