Update September 2: A reader responds, here.
The Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society (HIAS) has put out an alert to its followers to tell Congress to ignore the ‘haters’ and do not suspend the refugee resettlement program (presumably a reference to the Babin bill although they never mention his name).
It is no surprise that HIAS is apparently out in front (ahead of the other eight federal refugee contractors) on this, on calling anyone who has legitimate concerns about the cost and scope of our present Refugee Admissions Program ‘haters.’
Remember they were behind the $35,000 report, discussed here by Leo Hohmann at World Net Daily which sought to sic the disreputable Southern Poverty Law Center on us! We first mentioned the report here in 2014 (LOL! they call us the “resistance.”)
This is what HIAS said in an e-mail to its followers yesterday (emphasis is mine):
Will you send a message to your Member of Congress to ask them to stand up for refugee resettlement in the United States?
Even in the face of one of the worst refugee crises in recent history, there are people in our own country who are spreading fear and hatred. And unfortunately, that rhetoric is reaching policy-makers on both local and national levels.
Since its founding, the United States has been a place of refuge and protection for people who have fled conflict, persecution, and some of the worst violence in the world. With our deep historical and ethical connection to the plight of refugees, the Jewish community is coming together to make sure that our elected officials understand our commitment to the protection of refugees.
We need your help. Send a message to your Member of Congress today so that the voices of compassion and empathy can overpower those of hate.
A similar message was sent out earlier this month from at least one of HIAS local ‘affiliates.’
They direct supporters to their website where a sample text is provided for activists. This is one bit of that text:
As your constituent, I urge you to oppose any efforts that aim to suspend refugee resettlement in the U.S.
Worried are they?
Give them more to worry about—sign the petition!
By the way, I found it curious that the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society re-branded itself a while back and dropped the word ‘Hebrew’ from its name. Is it because there are only a few Jewish refugees arriving in the US now and they wanted to remain relevant (and get their federal grant $$$) by bringing in large numbers of Muslim refugees? Here in 2014, Director of Advocacy, Nezer, says HIAS wants 75,000 Syrians admitted over 5 years. 94% of the Syrians arriving so far are Muslim. Can you say ‘death wish!’