In his speech to the Union for Reform Judaism, President Obama said to the Jewish community, “Your parents, your grandparents, your great-grandparents, they remembered what it was like to be a stranger, and as a result treated strangers with compassion.”
What was true of our parents is also true of us. A new generation of Jews is standing up and saying, “Enough. Our immigration system is broken, and we need to act.” We are doing this because we have friends who are Dreamers, or whose parents have been deported; because the status quo, which creates an underclass of Americans, offends our moral values (many of which come from Judaism); and because we know that our grandparents and great-grandparents immigrated here not too long ago, securing a better life for us.
As a Jewish community, we have a proud history of standing up for marginalized communities. We can be Representative Cantor’s conscience; we can move him to act. Will you join me?