Following the House of Representatives symbolic vote to undo President Obama’s executive action on immigration, Bend the Arc Jewish Action Director Hadar Susskind called on the incoming Congress to take up President Obama’s challenge to pass a real immigration reform bill
Ahead of the announcement of President Obama’s immigration accountability executive action, Stosh Cotler, CEO of Bend the Arc, praised President Obama for taking this step to shield up to five million immigrants from deportation and promised continued advocacy from the Jewish Community until Congress passes comprehensive reform.
A day after Speaker John Boehner locked his office to the public, shutting out voting rights advocates attempting to deliver a petition signed by more than 500,000 Americans, Bend the Arc Jewish Action demanded Boehner return $890.44 to taxpayers – the cost of his salary for one day.
Today, a broad coalition of civil rights, labor, and progressive leaders launched the VRA for Today Coalition with a petition signed by more than 500,000 Americans--including thousands of Bend the Arc supporters--who strongly support restoring the Voting Rights Act and protecting all voters from discrimination. Before the announcement, advocates went to Speaker Boehner’s Longworth House Office Building office during normal business hours to deliver the names of the 500,000 petition signers but were met by a locked door.
Bend the Arc Jewish Action expressed disappointment on Monday in President Obama’s weekend decision to delay immediate executive action on immigration reform. Bend the Arc is a steadfast partner and Jewish leader in the coalition to pass comprehensive immigration reform. Jewish Action Director Hadar Susskind released the following statement: