Many of the migrants didn’t “voluntarily leave their homes” either. They are fleeing violence and poverty the likes of which most Americans can barely imagine. Regardless, there is no moral distinction in my mind between the forced removal of an infant from a migrant mother or father and taking children away from settled members of an ethnic group that are citizens of the country persecuting them. Human rights abuses are human rights abuses no matter who they target or the circumstances that brought them into contact with the system violating those rights.

As for even “oblique references to the Holocaust” being “outrageous” and all the rest, it shouldn’t be necessary to remind you that we’re regularly hearing dehumanizing rhetoric targeting immigrants and other minorities from the current president and his supporters. Given that fact, when exactly do you think it’s appropriate to start making “oblique references” to the events of the 1930s and 40s? Honouring the memories of the millions murdered unjustly during that awful episode in human history means honouring our commitment to never repeat it. If we see ourselves wandering even a little bit into the same kind of dehumanizing rhetorical and policy terrain that marked the early 1930s, shouldn’t we say so? If not when infants are being taken from mothers who are often told the child is just going for a bath or to be fed only to disappear into a system of poorly equipped detention centres for weeks or even months, then when? I called it as I see it. I will not apologize for that.

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