The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) Tuesday called on the government to extend the protection of legal status to all of the children of foreign workers now in Israel on humanitarian grounds.
ADL noted it would be more humane to apply Israel’s new policy for determining the legal status of children of foreign workers in the future.
“The issue of status for the children of foreign workers is complex, and the Government of Israel has had to weigh numerous considerations, including the impact on Israeli society, current Israeli immigration law, and the impact on the families of these foreign workers,” said Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National Director. “That being said, the 400 children now in Israel who do not meet the guidelines for legal status as determined by Israel’s new policy should be ‘grandfathered in’ and permitted to stay on humanitarian grounds. Going forward, this new policy can be implemented.”