Statement on Family Separation Policy

June 20, 2018

I am overwhelmed by the sheer incomprehensibility of the fact that the current government of the United States of America, one of the greatest and most revered democracies in the world, has committed unspeakable atrocities against innocent children. More than 2,000 innocent children and their families have been dehumanized, reduced to political pawns by an Administration that is governing via hostage negotiation.

As the daughter of Jewish immigrants who fled Nazi Germany, I feel a special responsibility to speak out against the forced separation of children from their families. Nursing babies have been ripped from their mothers, fathers have committed suicide knowing they will never see their children again and toddlers are sitting in cages, wailing for their parents who have already been deported. My family did not flee the terror of Nazi Germany so others could be held prisoner; this is not the America that saved them from the atrocities they witnessed in Germany.

We as a nation have the ability to decide on which side of history we will fall: will we stay silent or will we stand in the way of intimidation and extreme cruelty by fighting for the very soul of our country.

We must fight for the babies who yearn for their parents, and for the parents who would give their dying breath to be reunited with their children, who risked everything to provide for their children a better life in America.

We must demand the Administration stop brutalizing innocent babies. Our democracy is fragile, and we must fight to protect their freedom, but it is the very foundation upon which this country was built.

History is full of defining moments. Today, we are a country that cages innocent children after they are ripped from the arms of their parents. Only we decide who we will be tomorrow.