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First They Came for the Children



Don't think that the separation of the immigrant children from their parents and their imprisonment in prison camps is something we can safely ignore ("Marchers Say 'Enough is Enough' at Families Belong Together Rally," July 5). If the Trump administration can make people disappear into camps, they will not stop with "illegal" immigrants. If you are too brown or too black, too Hispanic or Mexican, too Muslim or too Middle Eastern, too old or too sick, too gay or too trans, too poor or too female, Donald Trump may come for you. Now that the Republicans control all three branches of government, what is to stop him?

He doesn't have to lock everyone up. He can appoint someone to the U.S. Supreme Court who will make abortion illegal and let women die in botched abortions. He can cut services for the poor and the sick and the old and just wait for them to die. He can continue to make racist attacks on Mexicans and others. And he can make people disappear, especially if they disagree with him. Don't think it can't happen here!

First they came for the socialists, and I did not speak out — because I was not a socialist.

Then they came for the trade unionists, and I did not speak out — because I was not a trade unionist. Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out — because I was not a Jew.

Then they came for me — and there was no one left to speak for me. (Martin Niemoller)

Carol Binder, Eureka

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