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Statement by Rabbi Scott Sperling, Director, Union for Reform Judaism’s Mid-Atlantic Regional Council,at a Rally as Part of the National Day of Action for Immigrant Justice
Rabbi Scott Sperling, Director of the Union for Reform Judaism’s Mid-Atlantic Regional Council, spoke at a Rally today as Part of the National Day of Action for Immigrant Justice and noted, " This year, as Passover approaches, and as American Jews witness the groundswell of support for effective immigration reform that does more than just punish hardworking immigrants and their families, we are compelled to join the multitude of voices calling for a realistic, humane approach to correcting our nation’s broken immigration system."

  Washington, DC
April 10, 2006

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On behalf of the Reform Jewish Movement, the largest segment of American Judaism, I am proud to be here today to add our voice on this important, and, I believe we will come to see, pivotal day in our nation’s history.

In two days, Jews around the nation and the world will gather to commemorate our journey from oppression to freedom as part of the celebration of Passover. On this holiday, Jews are reminded not only of our experience of persecution in ancient days, but also of our more recent history as a religious minority in search of a land of liberty and economic opportunity. Jews have sought these freedoms for over 350 years on America’s shores, and we continue to do so today.

This year, as Passover approaches, and as American Jews witness the groundswell of support for effective immigration reform that does more than just punish hardworking immigrants and their families, we are compelled to join the multitude of voices calling for a realistic, humane approach to correcting our nation’s broken immigration system. This approach must not unfairly punish immigrants or those who come to their aid, but must address the needs of hardworking immigrants and their families as well as those of our national security and economy.

While we have been encouraged by the efforts of Members of the Senate Judiciary Committee and others in Congress to create an opportunity for earned legalization for the majority of the nation’s undocumented immigrants, we know there is more work to be done. America needs a plan for comprehensive immigration reform, as is evident from the magnificent gathering here and across the nation, today and in recent weeks. 

During the Passover season, Jews are also reminded of Leviticus’ command, “When strangers sojourn with you in your land, you shall not do them wrong. The strangers who sojourn with you shall be to you as the natives among you, and you shall love them as yourself; for you were strangers in the land of Egypt” [19:33-34]. As people of faith, we keep this principle in mind as we join the calls for a generous and fair immigration policy that focuses on solutions, not on punishment. 

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