Latino-Jewish Leadership Council Convenes in Washington March 1 

February 27, 2017 – Washington – Members of the new national Latino-Jewish Leadership Council (LJLC) will gather for their first consultation on March 1, in the nation’s capital.

LJLC, convened by AJC, is comprised of more than 35 prominent figures in the Latino and Jewish communities across the country. The Council aims to further strengthen Latino-Jewish cooperation in advocating for issues of shared concern and values cherished by both communities. Many members of the bipartisan group have held important positions in both Democratic and Republican administrations.

"The future of this country is based, as it has always been, on communities coming together with a vision for a better future and, through hard work and perseverance, making that vision our shared reality,” said Luis Ubiñas, President of the Board of Directors of the Pan American Development Foundation, and former President of the Ford Foundation. “In this coming generation, the Latino and Jewish communities working together can achieve any aspiration." Please click here to read more

AJC Statement on Trump Refugee Policy 

January 27, 2017 – New York -- AJC views with profound concern the Trump Administration’s plans to pose unjustified new obstacles in the path of refugees and asylum seekers.

“For more than 110 years, AJC has been a consistent voice for a fair, non-discriminatory, and generous U.S. refugee and immigration policy,” AJC CEO David Harris said. “We are all related to those fortunate enough to have been admitted to this country – in my case, my mother, father, wife, and daughters-in-law, and we believe that other deserving individuals merit the same opportunities to be considered for permanent entry.”

Assuring security in the implementation of immigration laws and procedures is essential, but lost in the current discussion over the suspension of refugee admissions and the issuance of all visas to citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries this week – as in the rhetoric of the presidential campaign – are several facts:

Refugees from Syria, Iraq and other states in violent upheaval are already laboriously and intrusively vetted by U.S. immigration authorities, assisted by U.S. intelligence agencies, in cooperation with other nations’ intelligence services. For those approved, it generally takes 18 to 24 months to gain U.S. admission;  Please click here to read more. 

AJC Welcomes New Consul General of Switzerland 

Today AJC welcomed the Consul General of Switzerland, Emil Wyss, who began his Los Angeles post in August 2016. AJC International Relations co-chairs Julie Bram & Eva Dworsky, AJC leaders Marjie Gross and Leslie Kessler, and Regional Director Janna Weinstein Smith joined the meeting. The discussion included AJC's global priorities of combating anti-Semitism, promoting Israel's place in the world, and countering extremism and terrorism in the Middle East and beyond. We look forward to working with the Consulate General of Switzerland in Los Angeles. 

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