Poli­cies that bring painful re­minders

The Washington Post Sunday - - SUNDAY OPINION -

I ap­plaud Pitts­burgh res­i­dents for protest­ing Pres­i­dent Trump’s Tues­day visit [“Trump’s quiet visit meets hos­til­ity in Pitts­burgh,” front page, Oct. 31]. Mr. Trump’s visit in the af­ter­math of the mas­sacre at Tree of Life syn­a­gogue in the city’s Squir­rel Hill neigh­bor­hood and his mes­sage of sup­port does not square with his plans to end birthright cit­i­zen­ship, send troops to the south­ern bor­der, end tem­po­rary pro­tected sta­tus for res­i­dents from coun­tries rav­aged by civil war and nat­u­ral dis­as­ters, amend­ing the pub­lic-charge rule or other ac­tions and rhetoric.

Amer­i­can Jewry know all too well the con­se­quences of my­opic, dis­crim­i­na­tory, na­tion­al­is­tic im­mi­gra­tion pol­icy. We re­mem­ber that dur­ing World War II, the U.S. gov­ern­ment turned away thou­sands of Jewish refugees flee­ing Nazi per­se­cu­tion, and many of them died in the Holo­caust. My fam­ily re­mem­bers — my ma­ter­nal grand­par­ents were the only sur­vivors of all their sib­lings and most of their im­me­di­ate and ex­tended fam­ily mem­bers. I re­mem­ber, be­cause I grew up with these sto­ries and in­ter­gen­er­a­tional trauma. I re­mem­ber, I will never for­get, and to honor the lives of the Tree of Life vic­tims, I protest this ad­min­is­tra­tion’s mis­guided and harm­ful im­mi­gra­tion poli­cies.

Lior Miller, Sil­ver Spring

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