Speaking at the ongoing Agudah Israel Leadership Mission to Washington, D.C., Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) said he is working on resolving issues that have recently cropped up with Americans seeking to fly home for Pesach.
As reported earlier by YWN, many couples who gave birth to children in Eretz Yisroel over the past several months have found it exceedingly difficult to get passports for their newborns.
Many couples who arrived at the US Embassy on David Flusser Street in Yerushalayim on Monday morning were denied entry, with embassy workers telling them that anyone without previously documented US citizenship cannot receive an emergency passport. These new rules precluded the newborns from being awarded passports, despite the obvious illogicity of it all.
The situation at the embassy escalated and workers began getting feisty with the young couples, threatening to call security if the applicants didn’t move away.
Similar scenes were reported at the Tel Aviv Embassy Branch Office as well.
“Nothing is more important than family, and I know that you have children who are married… and they want to come home for Pesach…. they want to come back to their Mishpacha for Pesach…. So we’re working on getting that done,” Schumer told Agudah officials.
Agudah Israel has spent quite some time on this issue, and has been in touch with Chaim V’Chessed as well as Amudim who are both working on this issue. Agudah has been in touch with numerous Senators and other U.S. Government officials to try and solve this crisis.
Attached is a letter which was sent as a formality to Senator Schumer, to which he has already pledged to work on immediately (see video above).
Amudim and Chaim V’Chessed are also working intensely to resolve this issue. The organizations have jointly launched a webpage to gather information from families affected by this situation. If you have been prevented from receiving travel documents to travel to the US, please submit your information on this page.
This will allow Amudim and Chaim V’Chessed to present actual data to the relevant agencies, in the hopes that a solution can be found quickly.
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