Statement of Richard T. Foltin, Esq.Director of National and Legislative Affairs
Office of Government and International Affairs. American Jewish Committee (AJC). Since its founding in 1906, AJC has been outspoken in support of fair and generous immigration policies. As American Jews, we recall how our parents and grandparents made their way to this country seeking a better life, and know that we have prospered in and contributed to this country. That same opportunity should be available for others. Comprehensive immigration reform will strengthen America’s global competitiveness as well as allow hard-working immigrants an opportunity to succeed in the United States, for themselves and for future generations—and, at the same time, promote respect for the rule of law and protect our national security.
In advocating for fair, effective and humane immigration policies, AJC acts in accord with the American Jewish community’s longstanding interest in, and commitment to, a United States immigration and refugee policy that represents our nation’s best traditions. According to Jewish tradition, "strangers" are to be welcomed and valued, as we were once "strangers in the land of Egypt." The Torah tells us: "The strangers who sojourn with you shall be to you as the natives among you, and you shall love them as yourself; for you were strangers in the land of Egypt‖ (Leviticus 19:33-34).