NCJW Condemns Trump’s New Discriminatory Limits on Refugee Entry in US and Attack on Sanctuary Cities


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NCJW Condemns Trump’s New Discriminatory Limits on Refugee Entry in US and Attack on Sanctuary Cities

January 26, 2017 Washington, DC – The National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) today denounced President Trump’s anti-immigrant and refugee executive orders. NCJW CEO Nancy K. Kaufman released the following statement:

“President Trump’s recent executive orders limiting refugee resettlement in the US based on religion and national origin and punishing “sanctuary cities” that do not report undocumented residents to immigration authorities threaten the very fabric of our nation. NCJW opposes any actions to harm immigrants and refugees seeking safety and better lives in the United States.

“Reducing the number of refugees allowed in the United States by more than half flies in the face of the worst refugee crisis since the Second World War, and pausing the refugee resettlement process for 120 days could ultimately add years of waiting for refugee individuals and families. Further, limiting refugees from predominantly Muslim countries — and vetting would-be refugees, immigrants, and visitors based on their opinions and beliefs — are just the first of what we fear to be a series of policies that promote discrimination based on religion or national origin. By justifying its action based on the threat of terrorism, the administration stokes the fires of hate and vilification and endangers the lives of Muslims living now in the US. 

“Further, the president’s attack on sanctuary cities undermines our communities and our safety. Involving police in deportation makes it more difficult and risky for immigrants and their families to step forward as victims or witnesses of crimes and to participate freely in community life. Immigrants are our family members, neighbors, teachers, soldiers, and friends. At a time when mass incarceration and racial profiling have already created a crisis of confidence in law enforcement for communities of color, local law enforcement entanglement with deportation makes matters even worse.  

“We are stronger when we stand united against hate, when we are united by our values — values that include the freedom to practice our faith without fear, intimidation, or threat of physical violence. As Jews we are taught va’ahavtem et ha-ger — as we were once strangers, so must we love the stranger. We must rise above prejudice and fear to open our communities to the individuals and families who seek a haven in the United States.”

The National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) is a grassroots organization of volunteers and advocates who turn progressive ideals into action. Inspired by Jewish values, NCJW strives for social justice by improving the quality of life for women, children, and families and by safeguarding individual rights and freedoms. More information on Facebook and on Twitter at @NCJW.

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