We, the board and staff of the Holocaust and Human Rights Center of Maine, have joined millions of Americans and people from around the world who are watching with alarm and horror at the treatment of human beings along America’s borders.

The past few days have revealed that the United States Congress has made this issue a political game rather than what it is: the cruel and inhumane treatment of desperate people who are seeking sanctuary in our country.

Our mission is very clear: The Holocaust and Human Rights Center of Maine promotes universal respect for human beings through outreach and education. Using the lessons of the Holocaust and other events past and present, we encourage individuals and communities to reflect and act upon their moral responsibilities to confront prejudice, intolerance, and discrimination.

We did not envision a time when we needed to add “democratically elected officials” to the list of those who must act with moral courage. Forcibly separating parents from their children, locking terrified children in cages, and creating “tender age shelters” for helpless infants is inhumane and morally reprehensible. It’s neither a Republican or Democratic value, or an American value, and must immediately end.

This is a moment in history where there is the most clear delineation between good and evil, and this Congress will be on the wrong side of history and human decency unless Sens. Susan Collins and Angus King, and Reps. Chellie Pingree and Burce Poliquin, the other members act immediately to end this terrible practice.

David Greenham


assistant director

The Holocaust and Human Rights Center of Maine,

on behalf of the board and staff

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