Statement of Agudath Israel On President Trump’s Executive Immigration Order

agudahThe following statement was released today by Agudath Israel of America.

“The immense contributions of immigrants to American life need no elaboration, nor does the importance of immigration to our great nation. The world refugee crisis, moreover, must compel our deep concern for those fleeing persecution, as did so many of our own forebears.

President Trump’s recent executive order seeks to protect the nation’s citizens from terrorism, an unarguably honorable quest.

The strict vetting process that has long been in place has certainly helped keep terrorists and their recruiters from entering our country. The executive order is aimed at temporarily strengthening that line of defense. As such, it is laudable. But only if its focus is on places, on countries that are hotbeds of violent radicalism, not on religious populations.

And only if tempered by true concern for innocent refugees, who do not deserve to be caught up in nets intended to catch their oppressors.

We urge the administration to continue to evaluate the geopolitical situation and exercise great deliberation as it forges a permanent immigration policy, so that what results will well balance security concerns with human and religious rights.”

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  1. It’s so nice to have conservative policies in place finally, but, even though Trump is a conservative, I wouldn’t say he’s exactly sane.

  2. so, is the Agudah for or against the order?… By same reasoning one can justify refusing the Jewish refugees during the world war 2 so that the Nazi saboteurs do not slip in.

  3. I hope you all realize that as the descendants of refugees, these things that are being said about muslims were all said by Americans whom refused entry for our people escaping the holocaust

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