Uri L’Tzedek Rabbinic Statement on Family Separation

Uri L’Tzedek, a national Jewish social justice organization that has been leading the national Jewish humanitarian effort for years to assist tens of thousands of asylum seekers directly at the border each day, is troubled by recent developments that Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) cannot and does not keep track of migrant children separated from their families.

As of now, the parents of 545 migrant children are currently missing and the Trump Administration refuses to reveal their plan for how these families will be reunited. We cannot abide by the institutional indifference towards families who are separated. By depriving refugees and asylum seekers of basic protection, we rob them of their inherent human dignity and deepen the impact of their tragic lifelong trauma.

We, the undersigned, have three simple asks for the Senate & Congress:

1) That these children are reunited with their families either in or out of the U.S.

2) Transparency from the current administration detailing how they plan to reunite these families.

3) The development of a safe transition plan so that these children can be relocated with family members. If tragically, the parents cannot be located right now, these children must not be deported or be placed up for adoption but are reunited with their distant relatives.

Now more than ever, we must speak out when injustice occurs in our own backyards. It is your ethical duty, as elected members of the United States Senate and Congress, to do what you can to ensure that justice is immediately carried out. We implore you to search your hearts so that you can use all of your power to ensure families can be reunited and children don’t have to be left alone to fend for themselves.