Reject Trump’s folly and his anti-immigrant Sophie’s choice - Opinion

Reject Trump’s folly and his anti-immigrant Sophie’s choice

Barbara Goldberg Goldman | Posted: Wednesday, February 28, 2018 10:06 am

In less than two months, the retelling of the Passover story will remind us that 3,200 years ago the Jewish people made their way out of Egypt — a land in which they had arrived as strangers. The Exodus speaks of the 40 days and 40 nights they spent escaping persecution, oppression and slavery. When we sit at our seders this year and repeat this story to our children and grandchildren, it is most appropriate to relate the plight of this century’s immigrants who share similar journeys.

But it’s not just Passover and the holiday’s symbolic meanings which provide the fabric of our story. The Jewish people are historically all too familiar with expulsion, persecution and discrimination. When we read “The New Colossus” by Jewish poet, writer and translator Emma Lazarus, it is difficult indeed not to feel a lump in our throats. We recall our own ancestors, “homeless, tempest-tossed” people who were “yearning to breathe free.” These reverberating words are in stark contrast to the unprecedented and vicious actions that turn DACA Dreamers into human pawns solely to make good on a campaign promise: the building of a wall to “keep out” strangers seeking freedom.

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