Monday, February 28, 2011

Rabbis: Equality at stake in efforts vs. birthright citizenship

Rabbis: Equality at stake in efforts vs. birthright citizenship

We oppose state efforts to reinterpret the 14th Amendment in an attempt to eliminate birthright citizenship despite the clear text of this amendment and the U.S. Supreme Court rulings guaranteeing the fundamental principle, policy and right to U.S. citizenship to those born in the U.S. Eliminating birthright citizenship is an assault on our commitment to equality under law by creating a two-tiered society in our country in which some born in the U.S. will have fundamental rights and others will be denied these blessings.

We are motivated by our ethics and the moral imperatives of the Bible and the history of our people.

Furthermore, throughout our long history as Jews, we have often been the "Other," the stranger who has been discriminated against, oppressed and expelled. We cannot sit by while others are now the victims of what we have experienced in the past. We call on others of conscience to make your voices heard and speak out to prevent further divisiveness that afflicts our community and its soul.

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