Many of our parents and grandparents were German refugees seeking asylum in America while isolationists in America used the logic of fear to turned Jews away. If “Never Again” is not to be a mere slogan, the Jewish community needs to stand up against xenophobia.American Security Against Foreign Enemies SAFE Act goes far beyond the already stringent screening process for refugees. (See graphic at the end of this article.) President Obama, the Secretary of Homeland Security, and the Director of the FBl all oppose this bill. Next week, this bill goes to the Senate.
Forty-seven House Democrats voted for the bill including local Democratic Rep. Donald Norcross (NJ) and 135 voted against. Of the 19 Jewish Representatives in the House, 16 stood up against fear, but Representatives Jared Polis (D-CO), Steve Israel (D-NY) and Lee Zeldin (R-NY) voted for the bill.