American Jews ‘not fooled’ by Trump’s new executive order
June 22, 2018
[Ed. Note: We received the email opinion piece reproduced below from an organizaiton called Bend The Arc, Jewish Action which describes itself as a movement “of tens of thousands of progressive Jews all across the country. For years, we’ve worked to build a more just society. Now we’re rising up in solidarity with everyone threatened by the Trump agenda to fight for the soul of our nation,” and to "hold elected officials accountable and stand with communities under attack."
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Since we Americans tend not to hear many Jewish voices or opinions in mainstream or minorstream media, we at the Chronicle thought it of value to present this piece to you. ]
(NEW YORK, N.Y.) – The Trump administration’s practice of separating immigrant children from their families and detaining them isn’t just cruel and inhumane; it’s the latest sign that our country is in a state of moral emergency.
Trump’s new executive order on this matter doesn’t solve the crisis he created; it continues to criminalize immigrants, including people exercising their legal right to seek asylum, detains immigrant families in jails unsafe for children, and provides no plan to reunite thousands of separated children.
As a Jewish American, I know all too well what it looks like for a government to criminalize the most vulnerable, to lie and obfuscate to justify grossly immoral practices under the banner of “the law,” to interpret holy scripture as a cover for human cruelty, to normalize what can never be made normal. We have seen this before.
The President’s agenda can only be realized if good people remain silent.
We must organize to demand that Trump end his “zero tolerance” policy and urge members of Congress to call for the same. If we don’t speak out, the president will only be empowered to take his anti-immigrant policies to even more dangerous, violent extremes.
Our Nation has a history of imprisoning families in prison camps (Japanese Americans) under the pretext of "enhancing security". We also have a history of refusing immigrants seeking asylum (Jews trying to escape the holocaust).
Ours is not a proud history, and does not in any way match our claim to deserve the label of being a humanitarian Nation. We should be ashamed of ourselves!