The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) welcomed an Israeli government decision to grant residency status to 221 children of migrant workers whose status was left undetermined since 2010.

ADL director Abraham Foxman said in a statement Thursday that the decision, which was announced by Interior Minister Gideon Sa’ar on Tuesday, reflected “the values of Judaism and the State of Israel.”

Foxman added that the decision “fulfills an important promise to these children,” who now “have the opportunity to build lives for themselves, and are secure in knowing they will not be sent out of Israel.”

Foxman stated that he had met with some of the children in question in 2010, and had spoken to the Israeli government on their behalf.

“For the sake of all the young individuals involved, we are thankful they will be able to continue to stay with their families in Israel,” he concluded.