ADL and Shalom Austin Host Rep. Michael McCaul
On April 13, several Anti-Defamation League and Shalom Austin leaders met with Rep. Michael McCaul on the Dell Jewish Community Campus. McCaul is currently serving his seventh term representing Texas' 10th District. The 10th Congressional District of Texas stretches from Austin to the Houston suburbs, and includes Austin, Bastrop, Colorado, Fayette, Harris, Lee, Travis, Washington and Waller counties.
McCaul is the Chairman of the House Committee on Homeland Security, and co-founder and co-chair of the Congressional High-Tech Caucus and the Cybersecurity Caucus.
During the visit, ADL leadership discussed current issues affecting the Austin community with McCaul, Rabbi Daniel Septimus, Shalom Austin CEO, Andy Dooher, Shalom Austin director of security, and other leaders. They also accompanied McCaul on a tour of the campus. McCaul said he was especially impressed with the B’nai Abraham Brenham Historic Synagogue and ADL’s work countering cyber threats.
The meeting, led by ADL Board Chair, Gary Zausmer, was especially poignant considering the recent report ADL released nationally which detailed the significant increase in anti-Semitic incidents during the first few months of 2017.
ADL leadership advocated for refugee resettlement programs and emphasized how entering the United States as a refugee is the single hardest way to get into the country. They also advocated for the BRIDGE Act, a bipartisan bill that would provide temporary relief from deportation and employment authorization to individuals who are eligible for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.
ADL leaders asked McCaul to support the Israel Anti-Boycott Act, bipartisan legislation, that would expand the existing ban on complying with the Arab League boycott of Israel to include boycotts by governments and international governmental organizations.
ADL also sought McCaul’s support of the National Opposition to Hate, Assault and Threats to Equality (NO HATE) Act.
Lastly, ADL leaders asked McCaul to support several measures aimed at countering anti-Semitism, including the appointment of a special envoy to monitor and combat anti-Semitism, supporting the Anti-Semitism Awareness Act, supporting the Combating Anti-Semitism Act of 2017 and supporting the Combating European and Anti-Semitism Act.
Jared Lindauer, ADL Austin board member, said, “We are deeply appreciative of Rep. McCaul taking the time to discuss important ADL and Jewish communal issues.”
Advocacy work is one of the tenets of the ADL and ADL representatives were honored to be able to advocate on behalf of the organization. For more information on how you can get involved in political advocacy and lobbying, please contact the ADL Austin office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
To read more about the Anti-Defamation League’s Audit of Anti-Semitic Incidents, go to http://austin.adl.org/news.