Resolution Adopted by the CCAR


Digests of resolutions adopted by the

Central Conference of American Rabbis

between 1889 and 1974

1. We urge our nation to keep gates of republic open, under reasonable


to the oppressed of all mankind. We advocate deportation by proper judicial


of aliens who advocate or use violence in an attempt to overthrow the


only after public trial and conviction by courts of law. (1920, p. 89)

2. We deplore action of the U.S. Government in virtually abandoning its policy


keeping America a haven of refuge for the persecuted and downtrodden of the


The repeal of the present law as inadequate is urged. (1922, p. 69)

3. We urge that the laws be completely revised so that basis is placed not

upon the

artificial quota qualifications but solely about ability of individual and


to maintain themselves under government of the U.S. and the ability of the

U.S. to

offer them the opportunity for maintenance. (1934, p. 104)

4. We oppose the Far Eastern exclusion policy as being against the best


of our country. We see it as an affront to our gallant ally China. We urge

that Far

Eastern immigration into the U.S. be regulated on the same basis as

immigration from

all other countries. (1943, p. 124)

5. We hail the repeal by Congress of the Chinese Exclusion Act and urge the


of other exclusion laws. We reject the theory implicit in these laws that any


should be judged potentially incapable of participation in American life.


p. 89)

6. We commend the President and the Congress of the United States for their


in liberalizing our policy for the immigration of displaced persons. We


hope that the humanitarian ideals which made this act effective may be

extended so

that our general immigration practices may be reviewed with the intention of

making them more

consonant with our classical American tradition of providing a haven and

refuge for

all. (1950, p. 171)

7. This Conference notes with deep concern that the present Displaced Persons


is about to expire and that many thousands of Displaced Persons for whom the


made provision to enter this country have not been able to complete the


and lengthy screening process in the allotted time.

We are gratified that the House of Representatives has passed a Bill extending


time limitation of the present law to permit the full quota of Displaced


allotted by the original law to enter the country.

We strongly urge that the Senate take immediate steps to enact similar


so that the intent and provisions of the original Displaced Persons Act may be


implemented. (1951, p. 106)

8. We condemn the McCarren-Walters Immigration Bill because it is based on


discrimination and is patently unfair to aliens, who under the provisions of


bill, can be deported for ridiculously minor offenses despite many years of


residence in the United States. We urge the President to veto this bill. We

urge support of

the substitute legislation on immigration proposed by Senators Lehman, Morse,


al. (1952, p. 181)

9. The McCarren-Walters Immigration Act has been widely censured by secular

and official

agencies dealing with problems of immigration. During the last presidential


both major political parties pledged themselves to a complete revision of this

bill as passed by Congress over the veto of President Truman. In recent days,

some cognizance

of that campaign promise was taken by President Eisenhower who recommended

that the

"serious and inequitable restrictions" of the Act be mitigated and

requested the

admission of 240,000 newcomers beyond the quota limitations. We deplore the


failure in making this request to take note of the discriminatory national


method of selecting immigrants for entrance into America, which is basic to

the McCarren-Walters Bill as well as others, of its totally un-American

features. We urge its

repeal. We further urge that Congress undertake the preparation of a new


law which will be in consonance with the cherished American tradition of


and justice to all. (1953, pp. 124-25)

10. See Individual Rights, Sec. 1e) (1953).

11. We register our shock and dismay at the abrupt dismissal of Edward Corsi,

a dismissal

made even more flagrant by the completely unsupported suggestion that he was a


risk. We commend Mr. Corsi for his courageous condemnation of the manner in

which the Act was being administered. We agree completely with him that the


Act stands in sore need of those who will put their hearts into it as well as


hands upon it. We look to his successor to put into effect these principles.

We urge

our government to exert a truly sincere and a more powerful effort to open our

doors to

these victims of tyranny and persecution and thus to fulfill our pledge to


who risked their lives for the promise of freedom which we hold out to them.


p. 66)