- Donald Trump has declared the Bible to be his favorite book.
- Rabbi Shai Held: Trump should remember that to hate the immigrant is to abandon God and to forget the Bible
Rabbi Shai Held, a leading Jewish theologian and educator, is the author of "Abraham Joshua Heschel: The Call of Transcendence." The views expressed in this commentary are his own.
(CNN)It is a moment that will live in political infamy. As he announced his candidacy for president of the United States, Donald Trump assailed Mexican immigrants as "people that have lots of problems." He accused them of bringing drugs and crime with them across the border and derided them as "rapists." Doubling down in the face of controversy, Trump added that they are "killers" as well. As with so much that Trump says, his comments were at once inaccurate and obscene. Recent studies show that immigration is associated with lower crime rates, and that immigrants are less likely to be criminals than are native-born Americans.