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Immigration


Summary of Policy and Recommendations
  • Comprehensive immigration reform is necessary in order to effectively decrease the flow of undocumented workers while treating our fellow human beings with dignity. 


  • A comprehensive approach to reform which would include (1) a border security strategy, (2) a path to legalization for immigrants contributing to this country, (3) a workable temporary worker program and (4) the assurance of equal rights for all individuals to basic human services.


  • We oppose the coordinated roundups of undocumented workers, which have impacted upon the human rights of citizens and non-citizens alike.


  • We take a strong stand against the increasing use of intolerant rhetoric to describe immigrants, and call on all parties to the discussion to debate immigration policy civilly and respectfully.


  • We reject calls for local law enforcement to play a larger role in the enforcement of federal immigration law. 

Background

ADL has an interest in the humanitarian and national security issues that are a part of any immigration policy reform.  An immigration policy must strive to protect civil and human rights and should not be influenced by misinformation, rumors, stereotypes and bigotry.  Comprehensive immigration reform is necessary in order to effectively decrease the flow of undocumented workers while treating our fellow human beings with dignity.  Enforcement-only measures have proven ineffective. A comprehensive approach to reform which would include (1) a border security strategy, (2) a path to legalization for immigrants contributing to this country, (3) a workable temporary worker program and (4) the assurance of equal rights for all individuals to basic human services.

We oppose the coordinated roundups of undocumented workers which have impacted upon the human rights of citizens and non-citizens alike.

Of deep concern to the League is the recently growing practice of empowering local law enforcement officials to enforce federal immigration laws.  Many immigrants have come to the United States to escape from their oppressive governments and police abuse. Any effort to direct local police to both “serve and protect” the community and to pursue and detain illegal aliens may undermine the trust necessary for local law enforcement to perform its job effectively within immigrant communities. Unless crime and immigration status enforcement responsibilities remain divided, out-of-status persons and their family members may be reluctant to seek police protection, to report crimes committed against them (including hate crimes), or serve as witnesses in other crimes. If immigrants and their family members are scared to report crimes, fires, and suspicious activity, the entire community’s safety is compromised.

Finally, the League has become increasingly troubled by the deeply polarizing rhetoric of the immigration debate and the growing atmosphere of bigotry and xenophobia, particularly against those perceived to be Latino.  We take a strong stand against the increasing use of intolerant rhetoric to describe immigrants, and call on all parties to the discussion to debate immigration policy civilly and respectfully.


Printable Version
ADL Recommendations to RNC and DNC Platforms (.pdf)
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ADL Submits Policy Priorities to Democratic and Republican Platform Committees (7/21/08)
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