Jewish groups see immigration reform dying

Good piece in the new “Jewish Week”: about the Jewish community’s disappointment over the worsening outlook for immigration reform.

Jewish groups are concerned about the growing anti-immigrant sentiment across the country and what it might morph into. Many groups such as the American Jewish Committee, the ADL, and the Jewish Council for Public Affairs are united in their hopes for immigration reform.

But presidential politics, they fear, will kill whatever chances reform had.

“The fact is, we’re dealing with an immigration system that’s badly broken,� Richard Foltin, legislative director for the American Jewish Committee, told the Jewish Week. “We all understand that the longer this process gets stretched out, the harder it will be to pass because we will be getting into the political season. So it’s important it be done soon because the need is great and the politics will only get more complicated as time passes.�

Gary Stern

Gary Stern covered education in the Lower Hudson Valley for several years during the early 1990s. Now's he back on the beat. He believes that schools are one of the main reasons that people live around here and that educational issues -- from curriculum to financing -- are among the most challenging things that journalists can write about. He continues to be amazed by the complexity of educational jargon. Gary got his B.A. at SUNY Buffalo and his M.A. from the University of Missouri Journalism School (where his master's thesis was about the best ways to cover education). He lives in White Plains with his wife and two sons, who attend public schools.