WASHINGTON – In response to reports that Immigration and Customs Enforcement plans to begin mass deportation raids on Sunday, Rabbi Jonah Dov Pesner, Director of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, issued the following statement on behalf of the Union for Reform Judaism, the Central Conference of American Rabbis, and the wider Reform Movement:
“At a time when the administration should be focused on reuniting immigrant families and closing immigrant detention centers, it is unconscionable that the Department of Homeland Security is once again planning to launch deportation raids across the United States. ICE will place our neighbors, friends, and family members in the immigrant community into many of the same detention facilities that it should instead be closing. These raids will only increase the separation of families as parents are arrested and taken away from their children. The administration must call off the raids and stop politicizing the lives of immigrants."
“The Reform Jewish Movement stands with our immigrant congregants, neighbors, friends, and family at this moment when so many are filled with fear and anxiety at the hands of this administration’s inhumane immigration policy. We encourage member congregations to explore providing physical sanctuary to individuals at risk of deportation or supporting local institutions that do so and to join immigrant-led efforts to find the most impactful ways to help their communities. We will continue working to change policies until every individual who has crossed the border is treated with justice and compassion.”
The Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism is the Washington office of the Union for Reform Judaism, whose more than 900 congregations across North America encompass 1.5 million Reform Jews, and the Central Conference of American Rabbis, whose membership includes more than 2,000 Reform rabbis. Visit www.rac.org for more.