For more than a hundred years, the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) which was originally founded to combat prejudice against Jews, has been one of America's leading organizations combating hate in all of its forms, including hate against minority immigrants of all faiths and national origins. To quote from its website:

"In 1913, the Jewish community in the United States faced rampant anti-Semitism and overt discrimination. Books, plays, and above all, newspapers, depicted Jews with crude stereotypes. Against this backdrop of bigotry and prejudice, an attorney from Chicago named Sigmund Livingston, put forward a bold idea - to create an organization with the mission 'to stop the defamation of the Jewish people, and to secure justice and fair treatment to all...' The Anti-Defamation League was founded with the clear understanding that the fight against one form of prejudice could not succeed without battling prejudice in all forms."

The ADL's website goes on to mention that the impetus for founding the organization was also fueled by one of the most famous hate crimes in American history, the lynching in Georgia of a Jewish man, Leo Frank, who had been convicted of raping and murdering a 13-year old girl in a trial that was defined by anti-Semitism. Decades later, the State of Georgia issued Frank a posthumous pardon.

More than a century later, the ADL has been carrying out this mission by taking a leading role in the battle against hate against Muslim and Latino immigrants. On March 23, 2015, well before a certain leading presidential candidate proposed banning all Muslim immigrants from entering the US solely on the basis of their religion, this venerable Jewish organization published a study entitled: A Wave of Ugly Rhetoric Targeting Muslim Immigrants In the introduction to the report, the ADL wrote:

"In the last few months, some anti-immigrant activists as well as some anti-Muslim bloggers have ratcheted up their anti-Muslim rhetoric. Even more disturbing, some national and local political figures have joined the ranks of those who proclaim that Muslims are unable to assimilate into American culture. They have declared that Muslims are invading the country with the intent to take it over."

The ADL statement continued:

"This kind of anti-immigrant rhetoric is not new. The same kind of sentiment has been directed at Latino immigrants, particularly Mexicans...Today's focus is increasingly on Muslim immigration, which is seen as far more insidious.

Anti-immigrant activists are using the atrocities committed by ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria) and Muslim extremists to generate fear about all Muslims, including American citizens.

Anti-immigrant bloggers...use virulent anti-Muslim rhetoric to demonize Muslims.

A good example of what the ADL is talking about appears in an anonymous comment to my post which appears below. My thanks to the commentator for providing me with yet another example to support my point.

To be sure, ISIS is a steady source of atrocities against perceived "unbelievers" "crusaders" and "apostates", as shown by a late-breaking report of an ISIS fighter who executed his own mother in public for asking him to leave the ISIS Syrian capital of Raqqa with her. Besides ISIS, America's staunch "ally", Saudi Arabia, currently a member of a UN Human Rights organization, continues to provide a steady stream of barbaric executions in the name of Islam.

The question is whether more than a billion ordinary Muslims around the world should be held responsible for these acts of inhuman savagery.

First, however, i will discuss the ADL's reaction to a hate crime against someone belonging to the Latino community, another group impacted by the anti-immigrant invective of Donald Trump and many other leaders in his party.

On September 1, 2015, The ADL's National Director, Jonathan Greenblatt, in response to a hate crime directed against a Latino man in Boston by two brother suspects, one of whom told police that "Donald Trump is right", published an article entitled: When Hateful Speech Leads to Hate Crimes: Taking Bigotry Out Of The Immigration Debate.

(Link is not available - please use Google.)

I will discuss this important article in Part 2 of this series.
Roger Algase is a New York Immigration Lawyer and a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School. For more than 35 years, he has been helping mainly skilled and professional immigrants from many different parts of the world and ethnic/religious backgrounds obtain work visas and green cards.

Roger does not practice in the fields of refugee or asylum law, but he believes that prejudice against or denying fundamental fairness and basic human rights to any group of immigrants adversely affects the rights of all other immigrants as well. It can also put the basic rights of American citizens at risk.

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