|On Monday, AJC Cleveland, and our partners the Catholic Diocese of Greater Cleveland and CEIRS presented Faith Perspectives on Immigration. We were most pleased that over 170 people participated in this day-long seminar, which was designed to shed light on this complex issue. |
The day began with an inter-faith panel, including Rabbi Stephen Weiss, that examined immigration from a theological and scriptural perspective. The panelists reflected on ethical traditions and set the foundation for the day.
Next, AJC's David Leopold,a national immigration expert, provided an historical view of the U.S. immigration system and explained the legal ramifications for over 12 million undocumented immigrants in the United States.
The Most Reverend John Wester, Bishop of the Dioceses of Salt Lake and Chair of the Bishops Committee on Migration, was the day's final speaker. The Bishop addressed the importance of discussing immigration reform within our congregations and communities.
AJC Cleveland's Assistant Director, Jennifer Marks, said "..the day was extraordinary. Everyone walked away with a better understanding of this complex issue and hopefully better prepared to energize their congregations to work for comprehensive immigration reform."
While the Cleveland Plain Dealer covered the seminar, their headline writers clearly missed the interfaith nature of the day! Several of you, as well as our partners at the Dioceses, noted the misleading headline associated with the story. We've reached out to both the reporter and the editors about the unfortunate language. Our friends at the Dioceses have asked for a correction.