That doesn’t stop him from opining publicly on right and wrong.
The Latino community, meanwhile, wishes to see Jewish lawmakers help push through comprehensive immigration reform, which is all but stuck in Congress.
“It’s a quid pro quo,” said Rabbi Marc Schneier, founder and president of the Foundation for Ethnic Understanding. “We have the issues that are important to us, and on the other hand there are issues they care about that we should support.” Schneier, who is not involved in the creation of the new congressional caucus but has been reaching out actively to the Latino community, stressed that the main interests of the Jewish community are fighting anti-Semitism and supporting Israel.
The initiative for creating the Latino-Jewish caucus came from the American Jewish Committee, which has been leading the pack in forging relations with the Latino community in the United States and with governments in South and Central America. Attending the Capitol Hill launch event were legislators from both sides of the aisle, ambassadors of Latin American countries and Israel’s ambassador to the United States, Michael Oren, who was fondly introduced by caucus co-chair Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, a Florida Republican of Cuban descent, as “Embajador Miguel Oren.”