Monthly Archives: July 2019

As Trump Orders ICE To Arrest Thousands of Immigrants – Synagogues, Churches, Mosques Provide Sanctuary

By Joel Leyden
Israel News Agency

Hartford, CT — July 12, 2019 … As President Trump orders nationwide raids by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to arrest thousands of members of undocumented families, hundreds of synagogues, churches and mosques plan to provide sanctuary.

Immigration attorneys have made it clear that the migrants that ICE is targeting are not criminals but may have only committed a civil offense in crossing the US border to legally claim asylum. The attorneys state that in the majority of cases, ICE lacks search warrants to enter homes and or religious facilities.

The raids, which are expected to begin over the weekend will include “collateral” deportations, according to officials, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because of the preliminary stage of the operation. In those deportations, the authorities might try to detain immigrants who happened to be on the scene, even though they were not targets of the raids.

One Connecticut Rabbi has responded to the impending raids saying: “Being kind takes an act of courage.”

Rabbi Jeffrey Glickman of Temple Beth Hillel of South Windsor issued the following statement:

“We are privileged to live in the safest times humanity has ever known. For most of our history, harsh weather, starvation, wild beasts and disease limited our average lifespans to the mid-thirties. Today, there is very little risk of anything limiting our life to twice that span. Diseases are in check, good shelter and nutrition is the norm for most of us, and we need only push some buttons on a contraption in our pockets to get assistance.”

Glickman continues: “Still, we live in fear. Our leaders have dealt in fear as though it were political currency, and we accept it as leadership. It often is a ruse for greed.

Let’s remember a few important terms:

The opposite of fear is faith. Faith means that you don’t know what tomorrow will bring, but you keep your eyes open and you might find blessings you had no idea of; you might find that seeds you have planted have borne fruit.

Faith means tomorrow will be better than today.
Fear means that you don’t know what tomorrow will bring, but you guard your rear to try and prevent something being broken or lost.

It is hard to look forward when you are always looking backwards. Fear means that today is the only certainty – preserve it at all costs.

Our Bible was written in a much more dangerous time. Yet, our ancestors had the courage to say, “All who are hungry, let them enter and eat,” “Love the stranger,” and “Don’t stand and do nothing while your neighbor bleeds.”

We need to have courage.”

Glickman concludes: “Today, being kind takes an act of courage. Today, recognizing that we are all children of God takes an act of courage. Today, seeing that everyone is worthy of love takes an act of courage.”

In Washington, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said that undocumented immigrants don’t have to open the door to immigration agents.

Pelosi made the declaration Thursday ahead of the weekend raids by ICE Agents who are planning to round up illegal immigrants with deportation orders issued by immigration judges.

“An ICE deportation warrant is not the same as a search warrant,” Pelosi said, reading from a card she earlier recited to concerned illegal immigrants at events around the country. “If that is the only document ICE brings to a home raid, ICE does not have a legal right to enter a home.”

She urged Trump to call off the “heartless” raids, warning it was upsetting his Evangelical base.

“These raids were not what they signed up for with President Trump,” Pelosi said.

Pelosi said if ICE lacks a warrant, “a person may refuse to open a door and let them in.”

Immigration defense lawyers are likely to file motions to reopen the families’ immigration cases, which would significantly delay, if not stop altogether, their removal from the United States.

Netanyahu At Egypt National Day Celebration: “Peace is better than war”

Photo: Kobi Gideon / GPO

By Joel Leyden
Israel News Agency

Jerusalem, Israel — July 12, 2019 … Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife Sara were hosted this week at the residence of Egyptian Ambassador Khaled Azmi, in honor of celebrations for Egypt’s National Day.

Following is an excerpt of Prime Minister Netanyahu’s remarks:

“We’re celebrating 40 years of peace between Israel and Egypt. On the 40th year of our peace, we hope to achieve many other things between us and in our region. We have to understand the historic achievement of having this peace approach now the fifth decade. It has had to weather some storms. It is weathering storms now.

I don’t mean between us, I mean a storm that is ravishing our region right now and seeks to impose on us an unforgiving, violent creed.

And we both – Egypt and Israel and many others in the region — are fighting this extremism, this violence and this terrorism.

I want to commend my friend and colleague, President A-Sisi, for standing strong against this tide of extremism and terrorism, and I want to say that it’s not obvious that it is possible in the face of so much and so many assaults to stand firm, but President A-Sisi and Egypt have stood firm, as has our peace. Our peace is the cornerstone, exactly as you said, of peace and stability in the region. We cannot imagine what our region would be without this peace.

In my meetings with President A-Sisi, I’ve been impressed, not only by his leadership, but also by his wisdom. He has given me a lot of insights about the nature of the challenge that we face. We have discussed together how we can meet those challenges in the best ways possible.

We cooperate in many areas that can increase the economic well-being of our two nations. There is now I think Israeli gas flowing into Egypt, an experimental effort. In four months, there’ll be more. We’re talking about something that could work not only both ways, but in many ways, including other countries in the region.

We have commitments to security, prosperity and peace, and we’d like to see a broader peace.

We are all expecting to see what President Trump will put forward. Everyone should have an open heart and an open mind to consider the specific proposals when they’re put forward.”