Why We Engage

  • According to Jewish tradition, "strangers are to be welcomed and valued, as we were once 'strangers in the land of Egypt.'" Themselves once immigrants, most American Jews feel a sense of obligation to others who flee persecution, wish to reunite with their families, or want to take part in the freedom and opportunity that this nation offers.
  • Immigrants enrich this nation economically and culturally. A fair and generous immigration policy reflects our highest values and is an affirmation of the founding principles of this country.
  • Depriving immigrants - or any class of people - in our county full and equal rights inevitably tears at the social fabric of this nation, generates anger and resentment and risks similar injustices toward others.
  • Our pro-immigration/immigrant policies appeal to groups whose help we may need on other issues of Jewish concern.

AJC Board of Governor's Statement on Immigration

For more information:

Richard Foltin
Director, National and Legislative Affairs

Ann Schaffer
Director, Belfer Center for American Pluralism

Chelsea Hanson
Assistant Director for Immigration Policy

Ellen Carmell
Director, Bridging America Project