Jewish Democratic Council of America
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DHS Secretary Nielsen: It's Time for You to Resign for Separating Families
Secretary Nielsen, We are horrified by reports of thousands of children being forcibly separated from their parents on our southern border. Your decision to implement this inhumane policy is irresponsible, and your failure to acknowledge the consequences of this policy is unacceptable. Additionally, your lack of transparency regarding this policy has created a deficit of trust and caused Americans to question your ability to serve in this role. For these reasons and more, we call on you to immediately step down. The “zero-tolerance” immigration policy devised by President Trump and implemented by the Department of Homeland Security, which you lead, is a betrayal of our values. It is immoral, unconscionable, and a violation of the American tradition of protecting those seeking refuge. The policy is inconsistent with international law protecting asylum seekers, and antithetical to the Jewish tradition of “loving thy neighbor as thyself.” This immigration policy must come to an immediate end, and those who have facilitated it must immediately step down. We have vowed to “never again” allow the darkest chapters of history to be repeated, and expect our government to adhere to this commitment and implement policies consistent with our values. Your decision to forcibly separate families demonstrates that you should not serve as one of our nation’s leaders. We therefore call on you to immediately resign as Secretary of Homeland Security.
Tell Your Politicians: Jews #MarchForOurLives
Our Jewish community joins with all other Americans in demanding sane gun laws and the protection of our schools and public spaces. Once again, after the Parkland shooting, the focus has returned to our country’s record on gun violence, which is far and away the worst in the developed world. American Jews remember where these mass shootings have taken place: Columbine, Virginia Tech, Tucson, Aurora, Newtown, Orlando, Las Vegas and now Parkland. We fear that our hometowns or communities could be next, because no one is safe when it is so easy to skirt background checks and purchase weapons of war. Our scriptures tell us not to stand idly by the blood of our neighbors. We have been inspired by the survivors of the Parkland shooting, who have transformed their grief into a potent call for action, in a profound act of tikkun olam (repairing the world). These survivors amplify and continue the activism of gun violence victims, including former Rep. Gabby Giffords. Their resolve puts to shame politicians who vote down sensible gun safety legislation and take money from the National Rifle Association. We American Jews stand shoulder to shoulder with these brave teenagers, and will not be silent as this weighty issue is debated. We, too, #MarchForOurLives, and will turn up at the various protests and actions being planned over the next months. For state legislators and congressmen alike, the message should be clear: ban assault weapons, tighten background checks and place limits on the deadliness of firearms. Otherwise, don’t expect our votes in November.