The Ford Foundation will give to the American Jewish Committee $500,000 to help push immigration reform.
The grant will allow the AJC to expand its Bridging America Project, which works to strengthen relations between immigration reform advocate groups, to Atlanta, Colorado, New York and Washington, D.C.. It was started last year in Arizona, Chicago, Houston and New Jersey.
“Our goal is to strengthen Latino-Jewish relationships and to advocate jointly for reform of our deeply flawed immigration system,” said Ann Schaffer, the director of the AJC’s Belfer Center for American Pluralism, who is directing the Bridging America Project. “We need comprehensive reform so that it responds effectively to our nation’s economic and security needs, and reflects America’s fundamental commitment to democratic values and human rights.”