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“Using parental love as a weapon of terror was the clear intent of this hateful policy,” said Assemblymember Marc Levine, (D-Marin County), Chair of the California Legislative Jewish Caucus. “It had nothing to do with the administration of justice, it had nothing to do with the rule of law.  It was a threat. A brutal threat against the primary unit of all civilization – the family.”

“As chair of the Legislative Jewish Caucus,  as a father, and as a son, it resonates something dreadful to me – the thought of a policy so perverse that it literally uses parental love as a weapon of fear,” said Assemblymember Marc Levine, (D-Marin County). “Turning away refugees, locking our doors, and closing our hearts to people fleeing violence and death is short-sighted and cruel, and we cannot be silent about it.”

Every year, the California State Assembly honors survivors of the Holocaust during California Holocaust Remembrance Week.  This year, The United States Holocaust Memorial Council designated Monday, April 11, 2018 as Yom HaShoah, the International Day of Remembrance. As time passes and fewer witnesses remain, we must honor survivors, families of survivors, and those who perished during the Holocaust.