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michael wildes with president trump on the jersey city shooting

Wildes & Weinberg, P.C., Managing Partner Michael Wildes, a former federal prosecutor and current mayor of Englewood, New Jersey speaks with President Trump regarding anti-Semitism, the Jersey City shooting, and the need for unity amongst all. 


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Mayor Michael Wildes Statement:

Regardless of your political beliefs, hatred has no place in our great nation. The devastating attack on the Jewish community in Jersey City earlier this week has once again brought the specter of hate, and specifically anti-Semitic hate, right to the doorsteps of our own community. This is not a political moment, it’s a time for our leaders to come together to keep all of us safe. Yesterday I was in Washington at the White House Hanukkah celebration attended by community leaders from both parties, spanning the political spectrum. I had the opportunity to discuss this horrific incident with the President, who has kept a close eye on the situation. As a proud Democrat, I believe in the importance of putting party aside in moments like this, so I took the opportunity to blur the line and thank the President, a proud Republican, for the assistance he has given our Governor and law enforcement in the wake of the Jersey City attack. The only way to completely defeat hatred is to put our political beliefs aside, even for a moment, and unite as one people, one nation, indivisible, with liberty and justice for ALL.

This could not be a more urgent moment for that kind of unity. As the Orthodox advocacy group Agudath Israel of America said in a statement Tuesday: “We must recognize the greater context in which this outrage occurred. Jews have been targeted in city streets, in their houses of worship and online. The increase in the number of anti-Semitic incidents is alarming and needs to be urgently addressed.”

It’s up to all of us to stamp out hatred and come together as one people. Even here in Englewood, I and other members of the Jewish community have at times been subject to anti-Semitic rhetoric and harassment. But I know from looking at the vast majority of our community that we are much better than that. The rich diversity of Englewood, of African-American, Jewish, Hispanic, LGBTQ+, and so many other people coming together for common purposes regardless of personal identity, gives me hope for a better future for all of us, together.

Michael Wildes, Mayor
Englewood, New Jersey

Wildes & Weinberg, P.C. was founded in 1960 by Michael’s father, Leon Wildes, whose best-known accomplishment was his successful representation of John Lennon in his widely publicized deportation proceedings, the circumstances of which have inspired several films and documentaries. The firm specializes exclusively in the practice of U.S. immigration and nationality law, has a distinguished domestic and international clientele, and can assist with any type of immigration matter including employment and investment-based immigration, work permits, permanent residence for qualified individuals, family-based immigration, asylum applications, all temporary and permanent type visas, and U.S. citizenship. 

In addition to running a highly successful immigration law practice, Michael is a three term Mayor in Englewood, New Jersey, is the author of Safe Haven in America: Battles to Open the Golden Door, which draws on over a quarter of a century of his practice in the immigration field, is an Adjunct Professor at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law in New York, and serves as Counsel to Lincoln Center and several international/corporate law firms. Moreover, Michael is internationally renowned for his successful representation of distinguished individuals and corporate clients such as performing artists, directors, writers, models, actors/actresses, athletes, race car drivers, fine artists, art dealers, curators, musicians, photographers, stylists, and literary agents. Some of the firm’s other distinguished clients include scholar Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks, as well as soccer icon Pele, Master Chef Jean-Georges and First Lady Melania Trump and her family.

Today, the firm of Wildes & Weinberg, maintains offices in New York City, New York, Englewood, New Jersey,  Miami, Florida, and a presence in Los Angeles, California and continues to maintain its stellar reputation in the field of U.S. Immigration & Nationality Law.

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