A resignation letter from Elizabeth Holtzman has gone viral on social media, which was strongly-worded and condemned the “utter depravity” of Trump administration officials, accusing DHS of “making war on immigrants and refugees,” and called on DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen to resign:
Below is the full transcription of the letter:
“As an author of the Refugee Act of 1980, along with Senator Ted Kennedy, I believe the treatment of refugees by you and President Trump violates that law and our treaty obligations to refugees…The Act was adopted against the background of the Holocaust, in which the US took only a tiny handful of refugees from the Nazis, leaving untold numbers to perish at their hands. The Act was intended to prevent any repetition of that. It was also passed in response to the massive exodus of boat people from Vietnam.
There was a time that the US welcomed refugees. We readily accepted and absorbed more than 600,000 refugees from Cuba, 750,000 refugees from Vietnam, and more than 100,000 Jews from the Soviet Union. Considering that history, the thought that the US government is afraid today of 2,000 children and their parents is both laughable and appalling.
Under your administration and that of Donald Trump’s, DHS has been transformed into an agency that is making war on immigrants and refugees.
The final straw has been the separation of children from their parents at the Southwest border. This is child kidnapping, plain and simple. Seizing children from their parents in violation of the constitutional rights of both is bad enough (mentally harmful to the children and infinitely painful to both the parents and children), but doing so without creating proper records to enable family reunification shows utter depravity on the part of the government officials involved.
Although it is I who am resigning in protest against these policies, it is you [Nielsen] who should be tendering your resignation instead.”