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Five reasons the High Holidays are a chance to stand with immigrants

September 19, 2017

Since day one of his campaign, President Trump has targeted immigrants with his hateful agenda.

The results have been devastating: Since Trump’s inauguration, immigrant arrests, including arrests of immigrants without a criminal records, have risen sharply. Immigrant parents have been arrested dropping their kids off at school. Domestic violence victims have been taken after seeking justice in court. Even those seeking medical care have been arrested in hospitals. Many immigrants are unable to report a crime, seek medical care, or report sexual abuse for fear of deportation and separation from their families.

Here is one story: Guadalupe García de Rayos is one of thousands of people who have been impacted. A 35-year-old mother of two US citizens who had lived in the US for decades, Guadalupe was deported soon after Trump’s inauguration. Her only crime occurred several years ago, and was necessary for her family’s survival — using a fake Social Security number to work. She was taken into custody at her check-in with immigration officials and deported days later, leaving her children without their mother.

As Jews, we know what it’s like to be scapegoated — and we refuse to be complicit in the dehumanization of our immigrant neighbors now.

As we enter the high holy days — the season of awakening, accountability, and atonement — the call is for the Jewish community in New York to protect immigrants and support the Liberty Act.