Jewish Coalition Demands End of Immigration Enforcement
A galaxy of national Jewish organizations support the end of immigration enforcement
By Lawrence Auster
“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,” or “strangers in the land of Egypt,” which appears in numerous passages in the Torah, such as:
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, Christians accept the Old Testament. But it’s Jews who make 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.