This is why “children” should be considered a “class” by our Immigration Department. Thalia Syracopoulos wrote it as flyer for Seattle Women in Black.


Recently the “Seattle Times” published Kay Hubbards’s op ed on the history of US policies and their contribution to the present influx of thousands of children seeking refuge from the violence of their home countries. We owe these children safety, not only because it is morally wrong to reject them, but as one of the few ways that we can pay the debt for what we have done to their countries with our misguided support for dictators and irresponsible pursuit of the War On Drugs. In addition, there is also the history of what our country did to their grandparents and parents.

After the crash of 1929 we went through another nationwide anti-immigrant hysteria. Immigrants were perceived as “stealing our jobs” and depriving “us” of our livelihoods. We reacted with a vengeance. Between 1929 and 1944 we expelled [“repatriated”] more than 2 MILLION persons of Mexican descent back to Mexico. Of these more than 2 million deportees, 1.2 million had been born in the United States or were here legally. In California alone approximately 400,000 U.S. citizens and legal residents were forced to “repatriate” to a country many had never even seen.

We can, and should, welcome these children, provide them with meaningful legal assistance and house them in decent conditions.

As Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel said about other shameful events, “We are not all guilty, but we are all responsible”. We cannot undo the damage we have caused, but we can stop perpetuating and repeating that damage.

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President Barak Obama,
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