The Jewish Week heroically strove for balance in its feature on the American Jewish Committee poll showing most Jews support Arizona’s immigration law SB1070 (“Curve Ball For Jewish Leaders On Immigration,” Oct. 22).
I was quoted at length, but the need to report the views of many establishment representatives, all opposed to mine, may leave the impression I speak for a minority.
The opposite is true. One of the biggest surveys ever conducted on public attitudes to immigration, “Religious Leaders vs. Members: An Examination of Contrasting Views on Immigration,” by the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS) and Zogby, shows a huge divide between leaders and members across the religious spectrum. Given the opportunity to support “attrition,” strict border control and enforcement of immigration law to promote self-deportation by illegal aliens, 94 percent of Evangelicals, 90 percent of Mainline Protestants, 89 percent of Catholics, and 80 percent of Jews back that policy.
The inconvenient truth is that an unrepresentative establishment arrogantly claims to speak for American Jews on public policy. Representing a tiny minority, it has no legitimacy, no mandate. Jewish opinion about SB1070 provides fresh evidence.
Senior Policy Analyst
Center for Immigration Studies