JFS Statement on Supreme Court Ruling on Partially Banning Refugee Admissions
From Michael Hopkins, CEO, Jewish Family Service of San Diego
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Jewish Family Service of San Diego (JFS) believes that stopping refugee resettlement, for any period of time, undermines our nation’s founding principles and turns away those seeking safety, freedom, hope and opportunity.
We are pleased the Supreme Court will hear the travel ban case, as this Executive Order has unchecked authority that bars refugees from entering the country based on unsubstantiated presumptions related only to their nation of birth. It is good news that the Supreme Court is allowing those with family or other ties to the U.S., such as an existing relationship with a resettlement agency like Jewish Family Service, to resettle until the case is heard in October. We hope to welcome potentially 74 individuals (23 families) through Jewish Family Service who have been thoroughly vetted and approved to come to the U.S. through the end of September.
However, we are still deeply concerned about what this Executive Order means for the future of refugees and immigrants, and the irreparable damage it may cause for those who remain in danger around the world.
In carrying out the tradition of “Welcoming the Stranger,” we affirm its Jewish values and honors the U.S.’s history as a nation established by refugees and built by generations of immigrants. Since JFS was founded nearly 100 years ago, the nonprofit has seen firsthand how newcomers strengthen our social fabric and make San Diego more prosperous and competitive in a changing world.