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Immigration 101: An Introductory Webinar for Immigration Advocates in the Jewish Community Thursday, November Immigration 101: An Introductory Webinar for Immigration Advocates in the Jewish Community Thursday, November 17 th, 2011 1: 00 -2: 15 pm EST / 12: 00 -1: 15 pm CST / 10: 00 -11: 15 am PST

Outline of the Webinar 1. Relevance/Importance of immigration to the Jewish community 2. Background Outline of the Webinar 1. Relevance/Importance of immigration to the Jewish community 2. Background of immigration legislation in the U. S. 3. Current political climate 4. Overview of "We Were Strangers, Too" campaign 5. Example of congregational model 6. Programming ideas and next steps

Relevance and Importance to the Jewish Community • Jewish teachings o “…you were once Relevance and Importance to the Jewish Community • Jewish teachings o “…you were once strangers in the land of Egypt…” o “…do not harden your heart and shut your hand against your needy kinsman…” • Historical experience o Jews fleeing persecution and economic hardship o “we were strangers too” • Values o Family unity o Social justice/tikkun olam

History of Immigration Laws in the U. S. • 1924: National Origins Act • History of Immigration Laws in the U. S. • 1924: National Origins Act • 1965: quota system • 1986: Immigration Reform Control Act (IRCA) • 1996: Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act

Five Ways to Legally Immigrate to the U. S. (since 1965) 1. Refugee 2. Five Ways to Legally Immigrate to the U. S. (since 1965) 1. Refugee 2. Asylee 3. Work-based immigrant 4. Diversity visa lottery 5. Family reunification system

"broken immigration system" • 12 million undocumented immigrants • borders are extremely dangerous • not enough legal channels • backlogs in the family immigration system

Economic Arguments for Immigration Reform • Immigrant contributions to the U. S. economy: – Economic Arguments for Immigration Reform • Immigrant contributions to the U. S. economy: – – Workers Entrepreneurs Consumers Taxpayers • Costs of enforcement: – Border patrol – Deportations – Detention

 1. Allow immigrants to come out of the shadows. 2. Create new legal 1. Allow immigrants to come out of the shadows. 2. Create new legal avenues for migration. 3. Protect our borders. 4. Prioritize family reunification. 5. Enhance integration.

Jane Ramsey of the Jewish Council on Urban Affairs (JCUA) and Gideon Aronoff of Jane Ramsey of the Jewish Council on Urban Affairs (JCUA) and Gideon Aronoff of the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society (HIAS) lead a group of Jewish activists to the National Mall in Washington, DC where they joined over 200, 000 advocates for “March for America: Change Takes Courage and Faith. ” March 2010.

Rabbi Darryl Crystal of Congregation Mkor Shalom (Cherryl Hill, NJ) leads a prayer at Rabbi Darryl Crystal of Congregation Mkor Shalom (Cherryl Hill, NJ) leads a prayer at “Relief, Reform, and Respect, ” an interfaith press event in Washington, DC. September 2010.

Senator Richard Durbin (D-IL) joins Emily Zucker Burns and Jane Ramsey of JCUA at Senator Richard Durbin (D-IL) joins Emily Zucker Burns and Jane Ramsey of JCUA at a DREAM Sabbath event at Anshe Sholom B’nai Israel Congregation in Chicago. October 2010.

IKAR – a Jewish spiritual community in Los Angeles, CA – held a press IKAR – a Jewish spiritual community in Los Angeles, CA – held a press conference with Los Angeles Police Department Police Chief Beck to announce a revision to the city’s car impoundment policy which was causing undue financial strains on the immigrant community. March 2011.

Programming Ideas • In-district lobby visit • Shabbat dinner/discussion • Rabbinical roundtable • Detention Programming Ideas • In-district lobby visit • Shabbat dinner/discussion • Rabbinical roundtable • Detention center visit • Engage in upcoming elections • Business endorsements • Serve local immigrants • Passover actions • Quarterly WWS 2 calls

Next Steps: • Join the We Were Strangers Too list serve for legislative and Next Steps: • Join the We Were Strangers Too list serve for legislative and campaign updates • Check out our website wewerestrangerstoo. wordpress. com for resources, educational materials, updates, and more • Join our quarterly calls with other Jewish immigration activists and get the latest on national and local immigration initiatives. Email Liza. [email protected] org or [email protected] org to join us.