Jews are still pro-immigration
James D. Besser:
A Jewish community divided on a range of other issues is mostly united behind the need for comprehensive immigration reform and regards the House bill as a good first step.
“Once you get past the Israel issue, it’s near the top of the list of priorities for a lot of groups,” said Haddar Susskind, Washington representative for the Jewish Council for Public Affairs (JCPA).
“It’s one issue where there’s mostly agreement between progressive grass-roots groups and the big national organizations,” said Mik Moore, director of policy for the Jewish Funds for Justice. “There is a real sense of common cause.”
Recently the JFJ sponsored a trip to the Arizona-Mexico border for ten rabbis as a way of putting a human face on the immigration issue.Participants came away “with more of a sense that this is a fundamental, core issue that they needed to bring back to their congregations and share with them,” Moore said.
“Jewish leaders fear immigration bill, a top communal priority, now longshot.”