Alan van Capelle's Statement on Trump's Recent Executive Orders
A Message for Our Community from President & CEO Alan van Capelle
In light of the recent Executive Orders on Immigration by President Trump, Educational Alliance is re-asserting its duty to help immigrants, refugees, and religious minorities as it has for 128 years.
Educational Alliance condemns President Trump’s executive orders that target immigrants from Syria, Iraq, Iran, and four other Muslim countries. These executive orders, issued suddenly and undemocratically, represent a fear and prejudice with which we are all too familiar. As a historically Jewish organization founded and still working in the Lower East Side, we have a special obligation to stand up for this generation seeking refuge and safety in our America. We must speak out against hate and stand against this attack on our fundamental values as an organization. We proudly stand with our neighbors and the protesters across the nation who are bravely voicing our core American values in opposition to these new policies.
We will not stand idly by and we won’t allow silence to become our statement. Educational Alliance continues to stand in solidarity with the immigrant, refugee, and religious minority members of our community and staff. Since our founding, over 4 million people of different creeds, colors, and nationalities have walked through our doors. Our diversity is our greatest strength and nothing is going to change that. We are still here in the neighborhood that has received more US immigrants than anywhere else in the country and we are still fighting for what’s right for all Americans. This ban does nothing to make us safer and is an attack on the very values that make America great.”
In recent weeks, we have doubled down on our commitment to giving a voice to all New Yorkers and all Americans when it comes to education and inclusiveness. We have galvanized our community behind the recently launched “We the People” initiative, aiming to claim lower Manhattan as a sanctuary from the hate and divisiveness that has spread across the nation in the wake of the 2016 presidential election, leaving many of the populations EA serves feeling vulnerable and scared. We won't rest until we make sure that the American Dream is a possibility for all those seeking and willing to work for it.
Alan van Capelle
President & CEO of Educational Alliance