Statement of Agudath Israel On Trump’s Executive Immigration Order

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The following statement of Agudath Israel was released in response to President Trump’s Executive Immigration Order:

The immense contributions of immigrants to American life need no elaboration, nor does the importance of immigration to our great nation. The world refugee crisis, moreover, must compel our deep concern for those fleeing persecution, as did so many of our own forebears.

President Trump’s recent executive order seeks to protect the nation’s citizens from terrorism, an unarguably honorable quest.

The strict vetting process that has long been in place has certainly helped keep terrorists and their recruiters from entering our country. The executive order is aimed at temporarily strengthening that line of defense. As such, it is laudable. But only if its focus is on places, on countries that are hotbeds of violent radicalism, not on religious populations.

And only if tempered by true concern for innocent refugees, who do not deserve to be caught up in nets intended to catch their oppressors.

We urge the administration to continue to evaluate the geopolitical situation and exercise great deliberation as it forges a permanent immigration policy, so that what results will well balance security concerns with human and religious rights.

{Matzav.com}

4 COMMENTS

  1. “But only if its focus is on places, on countries that are hotbeds of violent radicalism, not on religious populations.”

    This is EXACTLY what the President’s directive focuses on. The lying media and the left wing libtards refuse to acknowledge that, so they get hysterical and claim Trump is banning poor, oppressed Muslims. The truth never bothered them, and never will.

  2. I think it is wrong for the Agudah to stick it’s nose into this issue and make a public proclamation. These types of things were always dealt with, shtileh heyt. The Agudah is going to want a healthy helpful relationship with the the new President. There is no need to be so PC in the public forum.

  3. Perhaps they aren’t being PC as you put it, but feel that our values and believes say that we must indeed stand up for downtrodden and also make sure that there is no religious persecution which is something that can easily come back and bite us.

  4. Moslems coming Here get welfare,medical aid,housing and can hurt Jews and other non Moslems. Our parents who came here did not get any support. They came to work and live in freedom without attacking other citizens. Big difference. Go Trump go. Your great.

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