Opinion: Stop border facility atrocities

By Victor P. Raigoza, president of the Holocaust & Intolerance Museum, Albuquerque
Posted 7/11/19

Any person of conscience should be shocked at the recent revelation of the conditions in holding cells and the treatment of children at the border. The reports of the circumstances under which these …

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Opinion: Stop border facility atrocities

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Any person of conscience should be shocked at the recent revelation of the conditions in holding cells and the treatment of children at the border. The reports of the circumstances under which these immigrant children have been kept is extremely troubling.

Child survivors of the Holocaust have told us about the conditions of the concentration camps where they were kept. Their stories are strikingly similar to what is reported on our southern border.

The Holocaust & Intolerance Museum of New Mexico questions how can we stand by when historical atrocities are being repeated.

We cannot turn a blind eye to those who are responsible. Through the years, we have tried to defeat the acts of imprisoning individuals for who they are rather that for what they've done.

As Eli Wiesel, a concentration camp survivor and Nobel laureate expressed, "Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented. Sometimes we must interfere. When human lives are endangered, when human dignity is in jeopardy, national borders and sensitivities become irrelevant."

Victor P. Raigoza, president of the Holocaust & Intolerance Museum, Albuquerque

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