Treatment of kids appalling

As a person of faith who believes in the basic human dignity of all people, especially the most vulnerable among us, I am appalled by recent reports of the cruel and inhumane treatment of migrant children held in U.S. custody.

Federal law sets strict limits on the amount of time a migrant child can be held. Many of these children have been in custody for much longer periods of time.

The majority of these children have a parent or other relative in the U.S. Why haven’t they been reunited? Money does not seem to be the issue. The U.S. government spends $775/per child/per day to hold a child in detention. For the cost of one or two days of detention, a child could be flown anywhere in the U.S. to be reunited with their family rather than endure horrendous conditions of incarceration. That would be a great way to exercise our leadership.

According to the Office of Refugee Resettlement, most of the children held in the border patrol station in Clint, Texas, have been moved.

But how will they be treated at their next destination? How could agencies of the U.S. government ever treat persons so poorly? Will we do it again?

I urge all readers to contact your members of Congress and let them know how you feel. Tell them to stop the inhumane treatment of migrants, especially children. Call the U.S. Capitol switchboard: 202-224-3121.

— Sister Barbara Battista, SP Justice Promoter,

Sisters of Providence, Saint Mary-of-the-Woods

Understanding the Holocaust

I have seen on the news how the Holocaust — a big tragedy for the Jewish people and the other victims, while also a stain of shame on humankind — has been compared to the current refugee crisis. 

I have realized that as a human being, there is an urgent need for all of us to understand and apply the lessons of the Holocaust to the world today. 

My name is Eva Kor and I am an 85-year-old Auschwitz survivor of experiments by Dr. Mengele. When I was 10 years old, my family was forced to leave our village and taken to a concentration camp. My twin sister, Miriam, and I were ripped apart from our parents and two older sisters at the selection platform of Auschwitz-Birkenau. I never saw my family again. 

As long as I am alive, I will urge politicians and all people to educate themselves about the tragedies of the Holocaust. I invite all members of the U.S. Congress to join me on Jan. 27, 2020, at the 75th Anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz in Poland, at a liberation event at CANDLES Holocaust Museum or any other museum in the nation, or at www.preserveauschwitz.org/75th-anniversary.

We all must learn the facts about Auschwitz and the Holocaust so as not to abuse the victims and survivors yet again.

— Eva Kor, Auschwitz Survivor A-7063

Terre Haute

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