BILLA Survey Presentation on Latino Jews in the U.S. 

AJC Los Angeles hosted a presentation on a fascinating study and report on Latino Jews in America led by David R. Ayón, Strategist and Consultant for Latino Decisions, on March 28, 2017. The study explored the unique transnational identity of Latino Jews, a community critical to expanding the strategic partnership between Jews and Latinos in the U.S. Ambassador Carlos García de Alba, Consul General of Mexico in Los Angeles, Dina Siegel Vann, Director of the Belfer Institute for Latino and Latin American Affairs, (AJC Latino), and AJC leader Eva Dworsky delivered special remarks. BILLA Assistant Director Tali Klein co-organized the event. See the report here: https://tinyurl.com/k2hs68u 

AJC Meets with the Deputy Consul General of China in Los Angeles, Sun Lushan 

On Monday, March 13, 2017, AJC Los Angeles was honored to meet with the Deputy Consul General of China, Sun Lushan, to discuss how to advance common interests between the United States, China, and Israel. Regional President Scott Edelman, Board Member Jonathan Anschell, Regional Director Janna Weinstein Smith, and Asia Pacific Institute Senior Program Associate Dganit Abramoff represented AJC.

 

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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