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With each passing month, it becomes clearer that the current administration and Congress are committed to undermining our immigration system at every turn. In June, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced in a statement that the Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA) program would be rescinded; in July, the Trump Administration introduced a budget resolution that would dramatically increase immigration enforcement and border security; and throughout the past year, anti-immigrant rhetoric has surged to a higher level than in recent memory...

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The word EQUALITY spelled out in wooden Scrabbble tiles sitting atop a rainbow printed surface

When I started working at the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism almost a year ago, I was impressed by the level of LGBTQ awareness and sensitivity I experienced in the office. As the new owner of the RAC’s LGBTQ portfolio, my coworkers encouraged me to write pieces about the intersection of Jewish and queer identity, to apprise our LGTBTQ youth programming with the most updated language, and to explore how the Reform Movement can be most impactful in the broader fight for LGBTQ equality. I was ecstatic to be working with an organization that is so clear in its understanding of...

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When I started working at the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism almost a year ago, I was impressed with the level of LGBTQ awareness and sensitivity I experienced in the office. As the new owner of the RAC’s LGBTQ portfolio, my co-workers encouraged me to write pieces about the intersection of Jewish and queer identity, to apprise our LGTBTQ youth programming with the most updated language, and to explore how the Reform Movement can be most impactful in the broader fight for LGBTQ equality. I was ecstatic to be working with an organization that is so clear in its understanding of...

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On July 20, 2017, Senators Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) introduced the DREAM Act of 2017, a bill that would provide certain immigrants who were brought to the United States as children with a pathway to legalized status and eventual citizenship.

The bill, S. 1615, comes after ten state attorneys general threatened to sue the Trump Administration over the continuation of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Program, an Executive Order under the Obama administration which grants deportation relief and access to work permits and drivers licenses to over...

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On May 30, 2017, the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals issued a groundbreaking ruling in favor of Ashton Whitaker, the transgender student plaintiff in Whitaker v. Kenosha Unified School District. In a unanimous decision, the court upheld the preliminary injunction, issued by a federal district court in September 2016, that has allowed Ash, a senior at Tremper High School in Kenosha, Wisconsin, to use the boys’ restrooms at school throughout his senior year without fear of discipline or invasive surveillance by school officials. The judges held that transgender students are protected from...

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