TC Jewfolk has the scoop about Rabbi Morris Allen, of Beth Jacob Congregation in Mendota Heights, speaking about “immigrant rights, Tikkun Olam and a Jewish obligation to act for the stranger in our midst,”Â before tens of thousands who gathered Sunday in the nation’s capital pressing for immigration reform.
Here’s Rabbi Allen:
Demonstrators filled five lengthy blocks of the Washington Mall, down the hill from the Capitol where last-minute negotiations were under way on the health care bill. The immigrant activists, chanting Mr. Obama’s campaign slogan of “Yes we can” in Spanish and English, tried to compete with their numbers for public and media attention which were mainly focused on the climactic health care events in the House of Representatives.
Frustration is growing aboutÂ the commitment of President Obama and the Democratically-controlled Congress to create a path to citzenship for millions of undocumented workers in the U.S.Â TheÂ president addressed the rally via a videotaped message that the shown onÂ giant screens on giant screens on the National Mall. He toldÂ immigration reform advocates that he is committed to working with Congress on a comprehensive bill to fix a “broken immigration system,” according to the Washington Post.
“Obama warned of the cost of inaction,” according to the Post.Â “He said problems with today’s immigration system include families being torn apart, employers gaming the system and police officers struggling to keep communities safe.”
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