National coalition of Jewish organizations demands end of immigration law enforcement
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from Lawrence Auster's View from the Right:

Quote:http://www.amnation.com/vfr/archives/012702.html

National coalition of Jewish organizations demands end of immigration law enforcement


The Hebrew
Immigrant Aid Society (HIAS) has a project called Progress by Pesach:

Quote:Progress by Pesach is the national Jewish campaign to encourage the new administration and Congress to choose humanitarian immigration reform over the failed policy of exclusively relying on raids and enforcement tactics as a means of controlling immigration. Passover is a time when we celebrate our freedom from bondage and remember when we were strangers in a strange land. Connecting our history to the struggles of immigrants today is the inspiration behind Progress by Pesach. [Emphasis added.]
Here are just a few of the many national Jewish organizations endorsing the project: the American Jewish Committee, the Anti-Defamation League, B'nai B'rith International, the Jewish Council for Public Affairs, the Jewish Reconstructionist Federation, the National Council of Jewish Women, the Rabbinical Assembly, the Union for Reform Judaism. (The full list is below.) Thus a galaxy of national Jewish organizations supports this campaign to end workplace raids and other immigration enforcement, all under the rubric that "we [Jews] were strangers in the land of Egypt."
What they are explicitly saying, as a national Jewish coalition, is that as Jews, they are required by their Jewish tradition to seek to undermine American law and sovereignty and allow America to be invaded by a mass immigration of illegal aliens.
I have said before that when Jews declare that as Jews they are required to strive for open borders, when as Jews they demand U.S. national suicide, that allows critics to criticize Jews as Jews, and not just as generic "liberals." This is the strongest case of that nature I've ever seen.
On another point, let's consider the reference to Jews being "strangers in a strange land" which appears in numerous passages in the Torah, such as:

Quote:Thou shalt neither vex a stranger, nor oppress him: for ye were strangers in the land of Egypt. (Ex. 22:21) But the stranger that dwelleth with you shall be unto you as one born among you, and thou shalt love him as thyself; for ye were strangers in the land of Egypt: I am the Lord your God. (Lev. 19:34)
First, the Torah passages refer to an individual or small group of individuals who come from elsewhere, and who are living as and have become a part of the community. The passages are not referring to a mass criminal invasion by millions of illegal aliens from a neighboring country with a revanchist campaign to take over the host society. Second, these commands are addressed to the Jews. Yes, Christian accept the Old Testament. But it's Jews who makes these particular passages of the Torah their lodestar. So if Jews want to welcome all foreigners and to love all foreigners as themselves, regardless of how numerous, unassimilable, and hostile the foreigners may be, let the Jews do it in Israel, in their own country.
Third, these Jews using the Torah as their authority on U.S. immigration policy are not even religious Jews, but secular, liberal Jews (Reform Jews and Reconstructionist Jews don't believe in the God of the Bible), who have transformed selected elements of the Jewish religion into a leftist political ideology to be imposed on non-Jews. Perhaps, just as Islam is not a religion but a political ideology aimed at the destruction of our country, secular liberal Judaism ought to be seen in the same light. People who stand for America, as distinct from people whose primary identification is with a distinct minority group, need to say to these Jewish organizations, "This is wrong. You as Jews, a tiny minority, have no right to be trying to impose your alienated liberal Jewish agenda on this country. If you want to be accepted by us, the majority, then you must accept this country, accept its laws, sovereignty, and culture, and stop trying to undermine it."

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Here is more from the Progress by Pesach page:

Quote:Become a part of the campaign! * Take a minute to sign our "Immigration Reform, Not Raids" Petition.
* Join national monthly conference calls for faith advocates to receive national legislative updates and to learn about coordinated local faith actions. Click here to participate in these calls.
* Send a letter asking President Obama and congress to make progress on reform, and not raids, this year. Click here to send this letter to President Obama.
* Join Jewish communities across the country in hosting a "Welcome the Stranger" event. Welcome the Stranger is HIAS' 90-minute educational program focusing on immigration from a historical and values perspective. Find out more about hosting a Welcome the Stranger event.
We encourage groups interested in furthering their involvement with the Progress by Pesach campaign to join the national Jewish Task Force for Immigration Reform. To join this listserv, email stephanie.grosser@hias.org.
Make sure to post your upcoming immigration event on our event calendar.
FACES OF IMMIGRATION
Each week we will feature a story about an immigrant to let people see a glimpse into the people most affected by our broken immigration system.
Week of February 23: Guido Newbrough
Immigrants detained by ICE at Piedmont Jail in Virginia have come to a halt after the death of Guido Newbrough, who died due to a lack of medical care in the detention center. Newbrough had come to the United States from Germany at age 6. He passed away from organ failure due to an infection after his request for medical care was denied. Newbrough was the second immigrant detained at Piedmont to die in detention in the last two years. Read more here.
Progress by Pesach is endorsed nationally by American Jewish Committee (AJC), Anti-Defamation League (ADL), B'nai B'rith International, Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society (HIAS), Jewish Alliance for Law and Social Action (JALSA), Jewish Council for Public Affairs (JCPA), Jewish Labor Committee , Jewish Reconstructionist Federation (JRF), National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW), The Rabbinical Assembly, Union for Reform Judaism, Uri l'Tzedek: The Orthodox Social Justice Movement, and Women of Reform Judaism . Progress by Pesach is endorsed locally by Am Kolel Jewish Renewal Center (Rockville/Beallsville, MD), Jewish Community Action (St. Paul, MN), Jewish Community Relations Council of Southern Arizona (Tucson, AZ), Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Washington (Rockville, MD), Jewish Council on Urban Affairs (Chicago, IL), Jews for Racial and Economic Justice (New York, NY), Jews United for Justice (Washington, DC), MIKLAT! A Jewish Response to Displacement (Milwaukee, WI), and the Progressive Jewish Alliance (Los Angeles, CA).
To find out more about national Progress by Pesach efforts, contact Stephanie Grosser from HIAS at stephanie.grosser@hias.org.
To find out more about local Progress by Pesach efforts, contact Lauren Bastein at Jewish Community Action at lauren@jewishcommunityaction.org or Tom Walsh at the Jewish Council for Urban Affairs at tom@jcua.org.
Here is the petition which will presented next month to President Barack "of-the-unknown-birthplace" Obama:
Quote:Tell the Administration you Support Reform, Not Raids Dear Friends,
Please help us collect 10,000 signatures to send the clear message to the new administration from the American Jewish community that we want immigration reform, and not raids, in 2009. The petition is open until April 2nd, when it will be delivered to President Obama and to Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano.

I encourage the new administration and congress to choose humanitarian immigration reform in 2009. Our Jewish faith scripture tells us to "Welcome the Stranger" with love and compassion. However the singular focus on aggressive enforcement of outdated immigration laws creates a sense of fear and animosity between communities and the law enforcement that serves them. The policy of relying on raids and enforcement tactics as the sole means of controlling immigration has clearly failed. Raids create trauma and hardship for undocumented immigrants and their families, by separating families and threatening the basic rights of immigrants and U.S. citizens alike.
The suffering caused by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) raids in homes and workplaces underscores the problems with current U.S. immigration policies and the urgent need for reform. Please work to ensure our country sees progress in the direction of humanitarian immigration reform in time for Passover, in April 2009.
Sincerely,
Here is the form letter that HIAS asks participants to sent to the Stranger in Chief and to congressmen:
Quote:Urge the Government to Focus on Reform, and not Raids Dear Friend:
Please take a moment to personalize the letter below to ask President Obama and your congressional representatives to focus on just and fair immigration reform, and not immigration raids, in 2009.
Click here to read HIAS' Policy Resolution on Immigration Raids.

I encourage the new administration and congress to choose humanitarian immigration reform in 2009. Our Jewish faith scripture tells us to "Welcome the Stranger" with love and compassion. However the singular focus on aggressive enforcement of outdated immigration laws creates a sense of fear and animosity between communities and the law enforcement that serves them. The policy of relying on raids and enforcement tactics as the sole means of controlling immigration has clearly failed. Raids create trauma and hardship for undocumented immigrants and their families, by separating families and threatening the basic rights of immigrants and U.S. citizens alike.
The suffering caused by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) raids in homes and workplaces underscores the problems with current U.S. immigration policies and the urgent need for reform. Please work to ensure our country sees progress in the direction of humanitarian immigration reform in time for Passover, in April 2009.
Sincerely
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A correspondent learned about Progress by Pesach from the website Jewlicious, which had a column by David Kelsey attacking the project. So at least one Jewish organization in the U.S. criticizes organized Jewry's anti-American, open-borders project. (Here is the about page of Jewlicious with profiles of their contributors.)
Kelsey writes:

The ICE must stop raids because the Jews were strangers in Egypt. That's why. Okay? Therefore, the U.S. must stop raids at rogue employers and offer "a path to citizenship" to those who have broken U.S. law. They have until Pesach to do so. Read it here, here, and here. Or here, here, and here. Or for a similar effect, turn on a beeping alarm clock, and listen to that for eight hours.
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