WASHINGTON – In response to the Trump administration’s announcement of a refugee cap of 30,000 for fiscal year 2019, a historic low, Rabbi Jonah Dov Pesner, Director of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, released the following statement on behalf of the Union for Reform Judaism, the Central Conference of American Rabbis, and the wider Reform Movement:
“In the face of the worst refugee crisis in global history, the United States should be increasing our commitment to refugee resettlement, not sinking to historic lows. The United States has the capacity and responsibility to do more. With a 2019 admissions cap of just 30,000 refugees, this administration has abandoned the world’s most vulnerable people and is shirking our country’s long-established moral leadership within the international community.
“Since our early days as a people fleeing Egypt, Jews have known what it is like to be a persecuted people in search of safety and security. Our history reminds us that we must not turn our back on refugees.
“We call on the administration to reverse this decision and urge Congress to take all available action to restore the refugee resettlement program, ensuring the United States responds to the global refugee crisis with urgency 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.