Statement of Rabbi David Saperstein Director, Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism in Support of the Fairness for Legal Immigrants Act of 1999
"On behalf of the 875 congregations of the Union of American Hebrew Congregations, the 1,800 Central Conference of American Rabbis, and the 1.5 million Reform Jews across the nation, I am pleased to announce our full support for the Fairness for Legal Immigrants Act of 1999, introduced by Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan and Representative Sander Levin. This vital legislation would extend Medicaid, Food Stamps, and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) to many immigrants lawfully residing in the United States."
"The Jewish tradition teaches us that we have a responsibility to help the stranger, or in modern terms, the immigrant, among us: "When strangers sojourn with you in your land, you shall not do them wrong. The strangers who sojourns 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" (Leviticus 19:33-34). We have a responsibility to help all those in need who live among us, regardless of race, religion, and ethnicity."
"Especially in this time of economic growth in our nation, it unconscionable to stand by while so many lack basic necessities, such as access to food and health care. We commend Senator Moynihan and Representative Levin on their proposal to right this wrong, and proudly offer our support for this much needed legislation."
The Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism is the Washington office of the Union of American Hebrew Congregations and the Central Conference of American Rabbis, representing 1.5 million Reform Jews and 1,800 Reform rabbis in 875 congregations throughout North America.