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  • With Republicans opposed, Obama vows to act on his own on immigration

    2 weeks ago

    President Barack Obama vowed to act on his own on U.S. immigration reform on Monday after House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner told him Republicans would not permit a vote on immigration legislation this year.

    Obama, in a White House Rose Garden appearance, said he had...

  • Jewish values at heart of immigration reform

    February 12, 2014 | 11:31 am

    Last May, an unusual delegation arrived at the State Capitol building in Sacramento: a contingent of some 50 Reform Jews, clergy and lay leaders, hailing from congregations across California. They had come to campaign for the Trust Act, a bill designed to limit deportations of...

  • ‘Don’t take my daddy’: When the immigration debate hits home

    By David Suissa

    December 11, 2013 | 4:23 pm

    No matter where you sit on the immigration debate, it’s hard not to be moved by what happened to little Adam, an 8-year-old Jewish boy from the San Fernando Valley who watched his father being taken away on the morning of Oct. 18.

    Adam was holding his father’s hand as they...

  • Immigration bill: For nannies and caregivers, legal status isn’t enough

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    July 2, 2013 | 10:13 am

    At 2 p.m. on a recent Wednesday, Amelia Barnachea waited in a copy shop in downtown Los Angeles, shifting her weight from one foot to the other. "I’m exercising," the diminutive Filipina-American home health aide explained, looking very spry for her 72 years. 

    Barnachea, who...

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  • REMINDER—-TOMORROW NIGHT AN ACCLAIMED PANEL AND AN IMPORTANT TOPIC—-SPACE IS LIMITED

    By  David A. Lehrer

    May 16, 2013 | 3:52 pm

    It's a critical time for immigration reform in this country. Washington is getting set to make major changes, the likes of which haven't been seen since the 1980's under President Ronald Reagan. The issues affect families every day, alter economies for years and touch every aspect...

  • Strangers, Immigrants and the Eglah Arufah

    By Rabbi Dr. Shmuly Yanklowitz

    April 5, 2013 | 9:56 am

    Responsibility to the Stranger

    The Jewish tradition places a strong emphasis on our duties toward the stranger. The Rabbis returned repeatedly to the injunction: “you shall not oppress a stranger, for you know the feelings of the stranger, having yourselves been strangers in the...

  • Five Years after the Postville Immigration Raid: Revisiting Immigration Reform

    By Rabbi Dr. Shmuly Yanklowitz

    April 4, 2013 | 6:35 am

    It feels like yesterday that Rabbi Ari Hart and I were in Postville, Iowa speaking with workers to learn about their suffering and to offer our solidarity. The tears and pain of the immigrant women and children we encountered will always be with me. But it has been five years since...

  • One voice for comprehensive immigration reform

    March 21, 2013 | 9:17 am

    Family is the foundation of American society, and united families strengthen us as individuals and as communities. Tragically, many immigrant families remain separated for years — often decades — because of our severely broken immigration system. Bureaucratic visa delays can go on...

  • Napolitano at JCPA forum lists ways to fix U.S. immigration system

    March 12, 2013 | 8:18 am

    Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano told a Jewish conference that the country's immigration system is broken.

    The United States must update its visa system, institute a nationwide verification employment system and create a way for those in this country illegally to...

  • Canada puts Israel on list of democracies ‘unlikely’ to generate refugees

    February 15, 2013 | 4:42 am

    Canada placed Israel on a list of "safe" countries whose citizens are unlikely to seek asylum as refugees.

    Israel and seven other countries joined a list of 27 "Designated Countries of Origin" already on the list.

    The 35 nations now on the list include the United States and...

  • Sherman’s US Visa Waiver for Israel Endangered by High Rejection Rate of Israeli Non-Immigrants

    By Pini Herman

    February 14, 2013 | 2:10 pm

    Many Israelis experience rejection by U.S. consular officers in Tel Aviv when applying for non-immigrant visas to the U.S. In 2010, 6.4 percent of the over 140 thousand Israeli U.S. non-immigrant visa applicants, approximately 8,000 Israelis were refused a visitors visa in 2010 .

    ...
  • On the morning after, Jewish Republicans advise the party

    November 12, 2012 | 9:23 am

    Think immigration through -- again. Forget about gay marriage. And for heaven’s sake, when it comes to rape, shut up!

    The Republican Party as a whole is having the morning-afters, reconsidering how it might have done better in an election that saw the party fail to win the White...

  • If Romney wins: Five things every Jew should know about Mormonism

    By Mark Paredes

    October 19, 2012 | 1:33 pm

    1. Devout Mormons can be found all across the political spectrum.

    The Mormon Church doesn’t endorse candidates or political parties, and although most American Mormons are Republicans, a Mormon Democrat has served as the Senate Majority Leader for the last five years. Owing...

  • Berman did write DREAM Act, immigration activists say, contradicting Sherman’s heated denials.

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    October 12, 2012 | 1:36 pm

    During a debate on Oct. 12, Rep. Brad Sherman, in a bizarre outburst, threw his arm around Rep. Howard Berman, yelling, “Do you want to get into this?”

    “This” might have been a physical fight, or it might have been what the two Congressmen were arguing over before Sherman got...

  • At What Cost?

    By David Mamet

    July 25, 2012 | 12:44 pm

    It has been suggested that the purpose of a college education is to ease the transition into adulthood. After several decades teaching college-age students, I would agree, only substituting delay and prevent for ease.

    Eric Hoffer wrote in “The Ordeal of Change” (1963) that the...

  • In Supreme Court’s immigration ruling, Jewish groups see progress but have concerns

    June 25, 2012 | 3:05 pm

    Most Jewish groups who have weighed in on Arizona’s controversial immigration law saw progress in the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling to repeal three of the law’s four parts, but had concerns that law enforcement officials would still be allowed to check the legal immigration status of...

  • U.S. Jewish groups condemn anti-African violence in Tel Aviv

    May 24, 2012 | 4:22 pm

    Jewish groups called on Israel to protect African migrants in Israel after riots in Tel Aviv.

    “We hope and expect that the authorities will take effective measures to protect this population from further violence and that legitimate requests by refugees to remain in Israel based on...

  • Israel will solve African migrant problem, Netanyahu assures

    May 24, 2012 | 2:43 pm

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu decried violence against African migrants following a night of violent protest.

    “There is no place for either the expressions or the actions that we witnessed last night,” Netanyahu said Thursday, a day after a demonstration in south Tel...

  • Tel Aviv protest against African migrants turns violent

    May 23, 2012 | 2:40 pm

    A demonstration in south Tel Aviv against illegal African migrants turned violent.

    More than a thousand protesters gathered Wednesday in the Hatikvah neighborhood carrying signs reading “South Tel Aviv a refugee camp” and “Infiltrators, leave our home.”

    Protesters attacked African...

  • Israel, U.S. agree on immigration fast track

    May 18, 2012 | 10:29 am

    The United States and Israel are set to add Israelis to a fast-track immigration system.

    Yediot Achronot reported Thursday that Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano and Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman have agreed to add Israel to the “Global Entry” program....

  • H-1B Visa Filling Up Fast - Your Strategies & Options

    By Cedric M. Shen

    April 25, 2012 | 10:14 am

    The USCIS began accepting H-1B work visa petitions for the 2013 fiscal year on April 2, 2012. Every year, Congress allots 65,000 H-1B visas for qualified applicants with bachelor’s degrees (regular cap). An additional 20,000 are reserved for applicants with master degrees or higher...

  • Israel and the world Pt. 3- weekly news from Israel

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    April 15, 2012 | 12:59 pm

    * Aaron Alexander was a victim of a violent event, probably on a hatred basis. On the night of the Seder, as the young man left his synagogue in Ukraine, a group of John Does attacked him with a glass bottle. He suffered severe brain damage caused by bleeding and skull fractures. The...

  • Availability of kosher food aboard Titanic sheds light on immigration via England

    April 12, 2012 | 10:17 am

    Of the 2,225 people aboard Titanic on its maiden voyage, 1,512 perished in the frigid waters of the North Atlantic when the ship went down in the early hours of April 15, 1912.

    Charles Kennell was among the nearly 700 crew members to die that night. Born in Cape Town, South Africa,...

  • After Toulouse attack, French Jews are reconsidering Sarkozy

    March 27, 2012 | 12:09 pm

    With the first round of France’s presidential election less than four weeks away, the attacks that left four Jews and three French soldiers dead are reshaping the race—but for now it’s not clear exactly how.

    In the days leading up to the attacks, President Nicolas Sarkozy had...

  • Israel to increase number of Ethiopian immigrants

    February 28, 2012 | 10:22 am

    Israel will increase the number of immigrants from Ethiopia for the next several months after bringing in many fewer than it had promised.

    Some 1,000 Falash Mura, Ethiopians whose ancestors converted from Judaism to Christianity, will be brought to Israel over the next four months,...

  • Berman’s Israeli investor visa bill: a small (and problematic) fix

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    February 15, 2012 | 7:12 pm

    This entry takes a closer look at a bill mentioned near the end of the run-down of the race in the 30th district that appears in the newest issue of the Jewish Journal.

    When Rep. Howard Berman (D-Van Nuys) introduced a bill that would allow certain Israeli entrepreneurs to apply for...

  • Israeli citizenship law: Human rights vs. demographics

    By Shmuel Rosner

    January 18, 2012 | 12:32 pm

    It was an important decision, and not a trivial one, when Israel’s Supreme Court upheld a law last week that prevents most non-Israeli Arabs who marry Israelis from living in Israel. The court was split almost in half: Six justices sided with the majority ruling, and five justices...

  • Ethiopian Israelis demonstrate against discrimination

    January 11, 2012 | 11:03 am

    Hundreds of Israelis of Ethiopian descent and their supporters protested in the southern Israeli community of Kiryat Malachi against housing discrimination.

    Tuesday night’s demonstration, with estimates of up to 2,500 participants, came after what the Ethiopian residents of the city...

  • Undocumented Israeli in U.S. might face deportation

    By Ryan Torok

    December 8, 2011 | 7:28 pm

    [UPDATE: FRIDAY, DEC. 9, 11:50 A.M.]
    Landazuri’s status update on Facebook that her brother-in-law, Adi Zinder, 32-year-old undocumented Israeli native, is coming home to Los Angeles - following his year-long custody with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) - has prompted...

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