Agudas Yisroel Hails President Barack Obama


agudath-israel-emblemThe immigration policy enunciated by the Obama Administration regarding individuals who entered the United States in their youth was applauded by Agudas Yisroel of America. Under the new U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) directive, there would be “deferred action” for a period of two years in regard to some individuals who face removal from the country. Persons falling within this category will be eligible to apply for work authorization.

“The policy is both pragmatic and proper,” said David Grunblatt, Chair of Agudath Israel’s Legal Services Network Immigration Committee. “These foreign-born individuals were brought to this country as youngsters, were educated here, have contributed their talents here and continue to live here. They should not live in the shadow of being expelled from the U.S. to a country where they have never lived and might not even speak the language.”

The DHS’ policy is discretionary in nature and is intended to be applied on a case by case basis to persons not above age 30. Eligibility criteria include: entry into the U.S. under age 16, continuous residence for five years, and current enrollment in school, graduation from high school or honorable discharge from the Armed Forces. Persons will not be deemed eligible if they have been convicted of a felony or significant misdemeanor, or otherwise pose a threat to national security or public safety.

DHS has also made clear that “deferred action” confers no substantive right, immigration status, or pathway to citizenship.

“The policy addresses an urgent and unfortunate situation – one that has affected many members of the Jewish Community that have sought our help but for whom little could be done,” concluded Rabbi Abba Cohen, Agudath Israel’s Vice President for Federal Affairs and Washington Director. “And, given our community’s history, we must be particularly sensitive that our immigration policies embody compassion and common sense. This is a positive step in that direction.”

{Noam Newscenter}


  1. This “President” wants the Muslim Brotherhood to rule Egypt! To applaud any of his self-serving and dictatorial policies is an outrage.

  2. This is a disastrous move
    The so called non citizen illegal immigrants have more rights than you and me. They get all the benefits of citizenship including voting since the government doesn’t want any identity checks. If they commit a crime, they are generally not locked up but are deported so that they can return 2 weeks later scot free.

    They take the jobs that the jobless Americans could do and most don’t pay taxes and the burden of their benefits falls on the American taxpayer.

    This is simply a misguided move to curry favor with an administration that has proven itself inimical to the interests of American citizens and Israel.

  3. “Given our community’s history”, we should not praise Presidential violation of the US Constitution to implement these measures without appropriate action by Congress.