MCCJ is understandably dismayed at the recent executive order preventing the arrival of new refugees to the United States for 120 days, as well as the hold for 90 days put on other immigrants from seven predominantly Muslim countries. We are further distressed by the indefinite ban on those from war-torn Syria, many of whom have fled to save their lives and that of their families. Those hasty actions do not reflect our core American values and can tarnish our reputation around the world in addition to damaging the social fabric of our own community. We are especially concerned that such immigration decisions may be based upon religious affiliation, nationality or ethnicity.
We urge everyone to examine their consciences and act as responsible citizens in contacting their elected representatives in Congress and local political offices to express their concerns. We also urge all officials, including those in Miami-Dade County, to act with compassion and to consider the impact on the lives of the many immigrant families in our own community as well as those across our nation.
Together, we need to maintain a country that continues to display compassion for those “yearning to breathe free” and welcomes them as we offer “liberty and justice for all.” This can be done without compromising the need for security nor the principles on which our nation is based.
In a time in which our country has been rocked by violence, injustice, and vitriolic rhetoric, we are reminded of how our great nation still struggles daily with the diversity that is our strength in light of the blessings our freedom offers. The work of organizations such as ours, and of people of good will everywhere, becomes even more important during such times, and we recommit ourselves to doing all in our power to work with others to build greater understanding and foster mutual respect among all who live in our community.