Immigration Reform


Bloomfield Hills, January 30, 2017 –The Jewish Community Relations Council/AJC, Anti-Defamation League and Jewish Family Service have joined together to issue the following statement in response to the Trump administration executive orders regarding refugee admissions and immigrants:
We oppose the refugee and immigration restrictions and actions that have been ordered in recent days. Both refugees across the world, who are in great need, and our own neighbors in Detroit’s immigrant communities, are suffering anguish, pain and uncertainty as a result of these actions. The ordered restrictions go against American values, and run counter to Jewish values. We look to our Jewish texts and traditions, which proclaim that we should welcome the stranger. The Torah admonishes thirty-six times against unjustly treating the stranger. This is both a Jewish and American core value.
The executive actions evoke religious intolerance and injustice. The restrictions wrongly target persons of faith, and are especially hurtful to innocent victims of conflict, particularly women and children. We express strong support and solidarity with our immigrant neighbors, who now feel under attack by these actions. We fear that these actions may very well incite fear and prejudice, fanning the flames of bigotry toward new arrivals, and other Americans perceived as looking, speaking or acting “differently.” We stand firmly with them in this hour of concern and uncertainty. We oppose these orders and call for their reversal.
We live in a dangerous world, and as such we endorse appropriate, lengthy and stringent background checks for all potential refugees. Yet, most people trying to enter our country are innocent bystanders to conflict, fleeing war and oppression – persons in great need who look to America as a beacon of hope and liberty.
America’s open door to immigrants and refugees, symbolized by Emma Lazarus’ poem on the Statue of Liberty, must be our response to the persecuted. This American value of open shores to the oppressed must be protected. It is our moral and historical obligation. We urge our courts and elected officials to act, and we join with them and other advocacy groups to fight this reversal of long-standing U.S. refugee and immigration policy.
The Jewish community benefitted from open immigration policies through most of American history, as we fled religious intolerance and oppression by coming to this land. We are well aware of the consequences of closing our doors, as was the case during World War II.
Our nation should advance the dignity of all human beings. Singling out nationalities, faith groups and refugees runs counter to American history, values and tradition.


JCRC/AJC supports compassionate, earned legalization and a systematic, fair path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants. JCRC/AJC shall take advocacy positions on immigration policy with the goal of fashioning an immigration system that facilitates legal status and family unity in the interest of protecting the dignity and civil liberties of all people.

  • JCRC/AJC supports comprehensive immigration reform that
    1. Provides a systematic, fair path to citizenship for undocumented residents who are working, paying taxes and contributing to our society.
    2. Ensures swift family reunification.
    3. Prevents the exploitation of undocumented immigrant workers and protects the labor rights and human rights of all immigrants.
    4. Ensures that humanitarian workers and others who provided needed support and services to undocumented immigrants are not criminalized.

Stop immigration raids

  • JCRC/AJC supports the advancement of firm, reasoned policies that protect homeland security, but opposes measures which stigmatize immigrants or undermine civil liberties.
  • JCRC/AJC opposes policy measures that, without appropriate safeguards, seek to expand the authority of state and local officials to enforce immigration law violations.
  • JCRC/AJC supports asylum policies that protect those fleeing from persecution.


Write to your U.S. Congressional Representative, to Michigan’s two U.S. Senators, and President Trump urging them to support Comprehensive Immigration Reform legislation.


Tell your legislator that you would like to see an immigration policy that includes the following:

  • An opportunity for hard-working immigrants who are already contributing to this country to come out of the shadows, regularize their status upon satisfaction of reasonable criteria and, over time, pursue an option to become lawful permanent residents and eventually United States citizens.
  • Reforms in our family-based immigration system to significantly reduce waiting times for separated families who currently wait many years to be reunited.
  • The creation of legal avenues for workers and their families who wish to migrate to the U.S. to enter our country and work in a safe, legal and orderly manner with their rights fully protected.
  • Border protection policies that are consistent with humanitarian values and with the need to treat all individuals with respect, while allowing the authorities to carry out the critical task of identifying and preventing entry of terrorists and dangerous criminals, as well as pursuing the legitimate task of implementing American immigration policy.



  • Jewish Community Action 
  • Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society (HIAS) 
  • The National Immigration Forum's purpose is to embrace and uphold America's tradition as a nation of immigrants. The Forum advocates and builds public support for public policies that welcome immigrants and refugees and that are fair and supportive to newcomers in our country.
  • The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) site on Immigrants' Rights indicates how the ACLU has been one of the nation's leading advocates for the rights of immigrants, refugees and non-citizens, challenging unconstitutional laws and practices, countering the myths upon which many of these laws are based.
  • The Center for Immigration Studies is the nation's only think tank devoted exclusively to research and policy analysis of the economic, social, demographic, fiscal and other impacts for immigration on the United States.
  • Diversity Alliance for a Sustainable America is the only organization educating about the impact of immigration-fueled population growth that has both a Board of Directors and National Advisory Board that are controlled by very well credentialed minorities.
  • The Federation for American Immigration Reform aims to "restore reasonable and moderate levels of immigration."
  • The National Immigration Forum's purpose is to embrace and uphold America's tradition as a nation of immigrants. The Forum advocates and builds public support for public policies that welcome immigrants and refugees and that are fair and supportive to newcomers in our country.