HIAS Statement on “Political Tests” for Refugees and Immigrants

WASHINGTON—Today, HIAS VP of Policy and Advocacy Melanie Nezer issued the following statement:

“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 a nation of immigrants, we embrace a rich diversity of backgrounds and ideas because we know it is the basis for our strength as a democracy. 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.”




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