The Tulsa Council for Holocaust Education
January 29, 2017
The Tulsa Council for Holocaust Education joins our fellow citizens across the nation in condemning any policy on immigration or emergency refuge that discriminates on the basis of religious status. The Executive Order ironically released on Friday, January 27, International Holocaust Remembrance Day, clearly targets the Muslim community, putting innocent children, women, and men at risk. We affirm the oldest commitments of our country to welcome the tired, the poor, and those yearning to be free and reject any compromise of this essential value. Potential immigrants are already screened in ways that honor our need for security and stability, and they should not be forced into a holding pattern which endangers their lives and fundamental well-being. Many Americans are immigrants and the children and grandchildren of refugees, and we call on our government to extend the blessings of our country with openness, generosity, and a commitment to alleviate the suffering of others. This anniversary season, commemorating the 72nd liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration and extermination camp, calls on all of us to rise toward the dignity and worth of all human beings.