Never Again—Not for Anyone: No Deportations/No Wall Jewish Voice for Peace-Portland Stands Strongly for Immigrant Justice
“…Communities across the country are inspired to support sanctuary policies to protect all residents from the collateral consequences of the Administration’s declaration of war against immigrants and refugees.” (From the National Day Laborer Organizing Network statement on President Trump’s Executive Order on immigration, 1/25/17).
Jewish Voice for Peace-Portland (JVP-PDX) stands in strong opposition to the January 25 Presidential Executive Orders that greatly expand immigration enforcement through measures that will lead to increased detention and deportation and the construction of a wall on the U.S. Mexico border. Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP) advocates for equality and justice for Palestinians, and recognizes the similarities and connections between the racial exclusion in the policies of the Israeli government towards Palestinians and those being carried out in the current immigration orders issued on 1/25/17 by President Trump and the enactment of those orders in the memos released by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) on 2/22/17.
In summary, the DHS memos enact the following: Adds 10,000 new officers to the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) workforce and 5000 additional staff to the US Customs and Border Protection (CBP), makes “expedited removal” (i.e., removal without due process) easier and more widespread, criminalizes and deports parents who sought to bring their foreign born children to the US for safety and to reunite with them, greatly expands the definition of “priority removal” by increasing the types of “crimes” that will result in automatic deportation, reenacts the highly unjust “Secure Community Program” and demands that local law enforcement and ICE share biometric data on individuals arrested and charged with crimes (prior to any findings of guilt). The memo also calls for the implementation of planning for construction of a wall between the US and Mexico.
The first person to applaud President Trump’s announcement of the plans for the wall was Israeli PM Netanyahu, as he tweeted about the “success “of the wall Israel has created. The Israeli wall, in fact, violates International law by existing in part on occupied Palestinian land and restricting freedom of movement for Palestinians.
JVP strongly calls out the violations of human rights where they occur on all fronts. This week’s operationalizing of President Trump’s Immigration order codifies racial profiling, denial of the rights to a fair trial, interweaving the immigration system with local law enforcement in ways that make all our communities less safe, and create a costly, divisive and unnecessary barrier wall between the U.S. and Mexico. “On top of these hard cold realities, these policies of detention and deportation will separate and destroy families, create fear in our neighbors and communities, and create major barriers to individuals who have legitimate reasons to seek safety and asylum in the U.S.” said JVP-PDX member, Ned Rosch.
JVP-PDX actively supports the work of the immigration justice community in Portland and nationally by calling for:
· Just and fair immigration reform that recognizes and addresses: The underlying economic, sexual and political injustices that cause individuals to immigrate, full open borders that allow for a democratic process to evaluate an individual’s case for immigration, an end to discriminatory immigration policies that target individuals from poor and war-infected, dangerous areas;
· Uphold and strengthen the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients and include their parents as was proposed in the Deferred Action for the Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA) program;
· Support for the New Sanctuary Movement to offer safety, justice and dignity to all;
· End the use of private prisons for immigration detention that maximize corporate profit and have a high incidence of human rights abuses;
As a group focused on U.S. foreign policy related to Israel, JVP specifically calls out the connections and profiteering that Israeli arms corporations are making through the increased militarization and criminalization of the US-Mexico border.