June 18, 2018, Washington, DC – The National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) and the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), along with fourteen other national Jewish organizations, delivered a sign-on letter to the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, expressing strong opposition to the nomination of Ronald Mortensen as assistant secretary of state for the Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration. NCJW CEO Nancy K. Kaufman and ADL CEO and National Director Jonathan Greenblatt released the following statement:
NCJW and ADL are proud to stand together with other national Jewish organizations to voice our tremendous concern about the nomination of Ronald Mortensen to lead the Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration at the State Department. As a fellow at the extreme anti-immigrant group the Center for Immigration Studies, Mortensen has published reports and articles promoting the idea that immigration has a detrimental impact on American society.
Mortensen’s record of hostile and hateful anti-immigrant rhetoric makes him unqualified to manage this important federal bureau whose charge it is to provide protection to refugees and those around the world escaping persecution.
As Jews, we understand the reality of fleeing violence and oppression as immigrants and refugees. We believe that the United States is a nation of immigrants and how we treat the stranger reflects on the moral values and ideals of this nation, as well as our specific Jewish values. We will continue to work together to oppose Mortensen’s nomination for this position.
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