ADL Statement on Recent DOJ/DHS "Zero Tolerance" Immigration Policy Announcement

New York, NY, May 11, 2018 … The Anti-Defamation League released a statement today urging the Departments of Justice and Homeland Security to reconsider and withdraw plans to separate migrant families seeking asylum at the border. ADL submitted a formal letter to Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen outlining objections to the policy and is currently circulating a petition advocating for its withdrawal.

“We find the new Department of Justice/Department of Homeland Security ‘zero-tolerance policy,’ deliberately separating migrant families seeking asylum at the border, to be cruel, inhumane, and contradictory to our highest ideals and values as Americans.  Further, we are deeply concerned by the racially-coded language used by White House Chief of Staff John Kelly this week regarding the majority of immigrants’ ability to assimilate.  This is the kind of sentiment that prevented Jewish asylum seekers from emigrating to the U.S. in the 1930s, who were fleeing violence much like the families from Central America presently seeking entry at the border.  The government’s attempt to deter immigrants from Mexico, Central and South America, by threatening to take their children away is unconscionable and we strongly urge the Justice Department and DHS to withdraw plans for this policy’s implementation.”

ADL is the world’s leading anti-hate organization. Founded in 1913 in response to an escalating climate of antisemitism and bigotry, its timeless mission is to protect the Jewish people and to secure justice and fair treatment for all. Today, ADL continues to fight all forms of hate with the same vigor and passion. A global leader in exposing extremism, delivering anti-bias education, and fighting hate online, ADL is the first call when acts of antisemitism occur. ADL’s ultimate goal is a world in which no group or individual suffers from bias, discrimination or hate.

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