I found this article in the Dallas Morning News a few days ago about how the American Jewish Committee was assisting Mexican American leaders and immigrant groups with the immigration issue and coalition building. I’m glad to see this kind of cooperation, as I think the Latino community can learn so much from this group who has successfully incorporated itself into the mainstream in the US. Dina Siegel Vann, the director of the Latino and Latin America initiative at the American Jewish Committee, said, “From a moral perspective, Jews feel that having successfully incorporated into the U.S., they now feel a responsibility to help other minorities.” The American Jewish Committee also has supported comprehensive immigration reform and urges Congress to pass a “balanced and bipartisan bill.”
This isn’t the first time in recent history that the AJC has reached out to the Latino community. Last year at UC Irvine, there was a conference, Latinos and Jews: A Conference on Historical and Contemporary Connections, which was sponsored by the UC Irvine Center for Research on Latinos in a Global Society and the AJC.