New Jewish group rallies in support of DACA recipients - Community

New Jewish group rallies in support of DACA recipients

Jeff Kronenfeld | Staff Writer | Posted: Thursday, March 8, 2018 8:26 am

On a rainy evening last Tuesday at the Cesar Chavez Memorial Plaza in downtown Phoenix, Jewish groups joined with immigrants’ rights advocates to stand in solidarity with Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program recipients. Despite the gloomy weather, those in attendance at the “Jews for Dreamers” rally were cautiously optimistic, buoyed by the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision not to address DACA for now, effectively leaving it in place. Rally speaker Larry Levi Sandigo, an attorney and the advocacy chair for the American Immigration Lawyers Association Arizona Chapter, noted that the court’s decision represented a short-term victory for DACA recipients.

The rally was organized by AJ Frost, operations director and assistant to the president and dean of Valley Beit Midrash (VBM), who said it was the first initiative of a new project called Arizona Jewish Social Justice Action. The event was timed to correspond with the expected last day for DACA renewals to be filed. The fact that this date came just before Purim, Frost said, was particularly appropriate.

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