When Illegal Immigrants Are Jews

By Douglas Hauer

Josh Rolnick, The Sh'ma Institute, June 2011

As an immigration lawyer, I have met Jews who are living without lawful immigration status. They are from Israel, Romania, Russia, Latin America, Canada, and other places. What they share in common is an inability to become legal residents of the United States. A future green card is precluded. Many came lawfully on visas, but lost their status after a layoff or the breakup of a marriage. There are no statistics on illegal Jewish immigrants. Their Jewishness is erased when they are counted with other illegal immigrants. How would any of us react if a family in our congregation were to be arrested and detained for overstaying a visa? I have met entire families in the Jewish community who face exactly this risk in America, the land of golden opportunity.

Topic: Morality, Communal Responsibility, Immigration, Ethics, Law

Name of Publication: Sh'ma: A Journal of Jewish Ideas

Editor: Berrin, Susan

Volume/Issue: Vol.41/no.681

Page Number(s): 20; 17

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Genre: Article

Coverage: United States

Language: English

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Bibliographic Information:
Hauer, Douglas. When Illegal Immigrants Are Jews. Sh'ma: A Journal of Jewish Ideas. Josh Rolnick, The Sh'ma Institute. June 2011: 20; 17. http://www.bjpa.org/Publications/details.cfm?PublicationID=11722


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