The Forward: Could Trump’s ‘Ideological’ Test Bar Orthodox Jews and Israelis?

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The article quotes HIAS VP for Policy and Advocacy Melanie Nezer, who said: 

Not that long ago, Jews who resettled to the United States hoping simply to build a life in freedom and safety with their families, were met with suspicion and mistrust. So for the American Jewish community, the thought of barring a refugee family because of their religion or home country is simply unpalatable.

As Jews, we feel called to oppose policies which would bar a person based on their faith or where they come from. We have full confidence in the U.S. government’s commitment to keeping our country safe, and we cannot allow xenophobia and fear to drive our policies.

To read the full story on The Forward's site, click here

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