When the president issued Executive Orders barring entry to the United States for refugees and immigrants, an attack on innocent people and their families, JCUA renewed its longstanding commitment to stand in solidarity with our immigrant brothers and sisters across Chicago, fighting for the dignity and humanity of the people in our city.
As an organization that has worked to combat discrimination and antisemitism for more than 50 years, JCUA will not “stand idly by” as our new administration advances cruel and short-sighted policies with devastating local ramifications. The majority of the people in our own community come from immigrant families or are immigrants themselves. We reject all efforts to target those who are already vulnerable in our city; it endangers lives and stokes the fire of baseless hatred.
WHAT IS JCUA DOING?
Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)
In September of 2017, President Trump signed an executive order repealing DACA. Issued by Obama in 2012, DACA provides undocumented young people who have spent most of their lives in the U.S. legal protections and hope for the future. Of the 800,000 DACA recipients in the US today, 42,000 live in Illinois. JCUA is working with the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (ICIRR) to push for new legislation that as broadly as possible provides permanent solutions for not just former DACA recipients, but all immigrant and refugees.
JCUA joined ICIRR and dozens of other organizations as part of the Campaign for a Welcoming IL to pass the TRUST Act (SB31), this new law, signed by Governor Rauner in late August 2017, prevents local law enforcement from collaborating with ICE agents, and protects thousands of undocumented people across the state of Illinois. JCUA members are working to ensure that the protections provided by the new law are implemented at the city level.
This coalition is a diverse group of community members and interfaith leaders from across Chicago, including elected officials and 30 community organizations. This group created a Unity Platform and set of resolution that have already passed on the city level.
Other Calls to Action
In an effort to actively take part in speaking out against dangerous decisions by the administration, JCUA will share notifications about actions and events as best as possible. We will not always have staff on hand, but know that our members, effectively represent JCUA far and wide!