I just flew from Tel Aviv to Los Angeles. I’m now in Long Beach trying to reign in this juggernaut called the Jewlicious Festival. Blogging is hard work man… so David Kelsey has offered up another one of his patented guest posts, sure to stimulate lots of conversations. Once again, the disclaimer is that while I may not necessarily agree with what he says, I support his right to say it and this is an issue that we may need to address and acknowledge. So, without further ado, take it away Duvidle:
The American economy continues to devolve, with massive unemployment and underemployment furiously ravaging the American working landscape. But while much of the rest of the U.S. is wondering how they will pay their bills, our far-Left co-religionists have decided that this is a perfect time to demand that the U.S. cease and desist raids on law-breaking employers and employees who seek to skirt the labor laws our ancestors fought so hard to enact. The name of this Jewish coalition demanding (essentially) amnesty for illegals, and for giving a free reign to employers to avoid pesky details such as security checks, minimum wage, and benefits of any sort, is named, “Progress By Pesach.”
Raids on illegal worker sites are targeted for “progress,” i.e., suspension. Raids are undesirable because they create “fear,” and are “aggressive.”
But what are the purposes of these raids, and what do they accomplish, if anything? Are they indeed “failing,” as Progress By Pesach asserts?
The purpose of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) raids is to improve,
immigration enforcement through â€¦ focused enforcement efforts that target the most dangerous illegal aliens, worksite enforcement initiatives that target employers who defy immigration law and reducing the pull of the “jobs magnet” that draws illegal workers across the border in search of employment.
The crime and criminals stopped by ICE is hardly limited to illegal labor alone, however. Criminal activity is rarely so benign. Rather, major and minor criminals and even crime syndicates have been thwarted by these raids that Progress By Pesach seeks to end. Gangs. Human trafficking. Document and benefit fraud. And plenty of other wonderful (but unfortunately, illegal) activities.
Why on earth would any loyal citizen want to stop these raids?
In addition to ceasing and desisting raids on lawbreakers, Progress By Pesach has demanded that the U.S. offer illegal immigrants amnesty, otherwise known as a “path to citizenship.”
Why, in the midst of today’s economic meltdown, is this in the American worker’s interest?
Well, Progress By Pesach and her allies offer a singular reason for insisting the U.S. do so, and it has all the wonkishness and Talmudic scholarship of a nineteen year-old Evergreen coed who swallowed a few too many organic marijuana brownies.
The ICE must stop raids because the Jews were strangers in Egypt. That’s why. Okay? Therefore, the U.S. must stop raids at rogue employers and offer “a path to citizenship” to those who have broken U.S. law. They have until Pesach to do so. Read it here, here, and here. Or here, here, and here. Or for a similar effect, turn on a beeping alarm clock, and listen to that for eight hours.
If this were merely contained to a far-Left initiative, perhaps we could be forgiven for ignoring them. But because of our silence, and because the far-Left is as unremitting as it is self-righteous, mainstream Jewish organizations have joined them.
No less prominent than the AJC, B’nai B’rith International, and the Jewish Council for Public Affairs (JCPA), have joined “Progress By Pesach,” to name but a few. Even the Jewish Labor Committee has apparently joined them. Perhaps they should explain how this is good for the American labor movement generally. Preferably an answer that doesn’t invoke “the stranger” — thanks in advance.
These (and other) mainstream organizations have joined the far-Left. But what is really motivating the Jewish far-Left?
Come and Hear,
The Jewish far-Left fancies Jews “people of color,” and seeks to promote other peoples of color in solidarity. While to many this ostensibly might sound quite noble (if dubious) and inclusive, on a closer look, it is quite a hostile, even hateful, position towards the majority population. Quite frankly, these far-Leftists seem to hold quite a grudge towards our white Christian countrymen, and consider them and this country to be something akin to a Jim Crow society that they seek to dismantle. Dismantle through displacement.
The Jewish Community Action claims, “Racism shapes not only individual behavior, but institutional policies and practices. In the United States, this generally harms people of color, while benefiting white people.”
JFREJ warns us that, “Racism permeates US society.”
The Jewish Council on Urban Affairs assures us that, “Jewish communities and communities of color are better able to work side by side to fight racism, poverty, and Anti-Semitism and to realize social justice.”
The JCUA works with our good friends (and fellow “people of color” of course), the Muslims, to do just that. Our natural allies. And if “Progress By Passover” succeeds, we can expect many more of them. What could be better for American Jewry than more Muslims? All the more colorful friends with whom to fight white racism, and of course, anti-semitism.
Because no one is doing more today to “fight anti-semitism” than the Muslims.
But those of us outside the far-Left might take note of a different holiday than the one in which some twist to demand the U.S. stop enforcing her borders and laws. We will arrive at the holiday of Purim,
In Megiallat Esther, commentaries note that Mordechai thwarts an attempted assassination on King Achashverus. According to many, King Achashverus was himself a major anti-semite. Why did Mordechai never the less save him from the plot?
The answer often given is that Mordechai preferred the status quo to something possibly much worse. Perhaps the next king would hate the Jews even more, and be more effective to boot.
Mordechai’s wisdom was proven again and again by those who did not follow his shrewd precedent. The conversos assassinated a troublesome inquisitor, only leading to the full brunt of the Inquisition. A Jewish anarchist wounded the tyrant Lenin, leading to the even more villainous Stalin.
But we do not live in ancient Persia, the Spanish Inquisition, or in Communist Russia. Rather, we live in the greatest Diaspora in Jewish history, the Goldene Medinah. A nation of tolerance the likes of which we have simply never experienced. Far-leftists and other Jewish victimologists will offer isolated cases of anti-Semitism and a few unfortunate policies of the past as “proof” of how the U.S. (and her majority population) is inherently anti-Semitic. Do not take these embittered fools seriously. The American Diaspora must be evaluated in the context of other Diasporas, not contrasted to a perfect utopia that (as always with the far-Left) exists only in their own minds.
Additionally, there is no mass immigration of Jewry to fight for. There are smaller pockets of potential Jewish refugees. These pockets can and should be advocated for without calling for continued mass immigration, including illegal mass immigration, of all things. If there is an emergency situation, we should address that as a separate communal concern. We need not demand the U.S. absorb millions of Muslims and those sometimes harboring various levels of Reconquista ambitions to potentially provide an exit strategy to a few thousand Jews in Venezuela, for instance. HIAS needs to be downsized, its particular Jewish immigration mission restored, and the radical Gideon Aronoff replaced with a responsible member of the Jewish community who looks out for Jewish refugees specifically. Just because there are no longer mass immigrations of Jewry to the U.S. does not mean HIAS had a mandate to expand its mission. Aronoff placed the needs of his organization over the needs of the community HIAS supposedly services. The HIAS of today has nothing to do with the HIAS of yesteryear. Do not be swayed by sentimentalism. Aronoff can get a job at the Muslim Immigrant Aid Society or the Southwest Mexican Reclamation Project. He is already effectively working for them anyway.
We have to be sensitive to our countrymen, the vast majority (of all “colors,” sorry, far-Leftists) who desperately do not want the financially destructive immigration policies of the Jewish far-Left implemented. We have a disheartening labor surplus right now, assimilating problems with some immigrant communities, and a terrifying Muslim problem everywhere in the West where they exist in significant numbers. These Muslim communities are increasingly exhibiting fundamentalist ambitions, and harboring a special rage just for us.
That a future reign by “people of color” thanks to continued mass immigration will somehow translate into as positive an American experience as we have enjoyed, never mind better, is most speculative. An impossibility, quite frankly, considering what is happening in other countries blessed with Muslim mass immigration, which these Jewish communal immolators support risking here as well.
Beneath the brandishing of “loving the stranger” as the inspiration for supporting all and every type of mass immigrationâ€”both legal and illegal–lies an implicit goal of significant demographic shifts in our population, often alluded to in obsequious references to the “strength” provided by “diversity,” and exhortations against omnipresent American “racism.” It is, essentially, a not so stealth demand by radical Jews for regime change.
And I think we have all had quite enough of that sort of thing.