elkay100This my father, aged 15, a refugee from Nazi Germany. He was one of roughly 1000 Jewish children, sponsored by American Jewish Welfare organizations, lucky enough to get a visa. His parents had no such luck and perished in a Nazi death camp. I have a stack of letters they wrote to him, begging him to obtain yet another affidavit pledging support, or attesting to their good characters. But it didn't matter how many of those documents he collected, there were no visas to be had. Anti-immigrant fear and antisemitism saw to that. My father regretted his whole life that he hadn't tried harder to get them in. He would tell us that it might have been possible to bribe officials in Cuba to let them in. But he was a child, of course, and had no access to that kind of money. He would say, wistfully, "I should have robbed a bank." NEVER AGAIN. NEVER AGAIN. NEVER AGAIN. NEVER AGAIN.
I look at the faces of Syrian children and I see my father. I think of Mexican families terrified of being ripped apart and I think of my father and his parents saying goodbye for the last time. Get in the streets! Call your representatives! Sign every petition! Go to the airports! Go the the offices of your representatives and demand they stand against this orgy of cruelty, ignorance and fear! Demand your Attorney General file a federal suit challenging the immigration ban! #NoBanNoWall #NoMuslimBan #TheMarchContinues #NeverAgain
- bathoriNEVER AGAIN!!!!
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