Holocaust survivor confronts ICE Director: ‘You’re on the wrong side of history!’

During a heated public forum on immigration in Sacramento, California this Tuesday hosted by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Director Thomas Homan, a survivor of both the Auschwitz and Dachau Nazi death camps stood up to confront the Director and warned him that he’s on the wrong side of history.

“When I was a little boy in Poland, for no other reason but for being Jewish, I was hauled off by the Nazis. And for no other reason I was picked up and separated from my family, who was exterminated in Auschwitz. And I am a survivor of Auschwitz and Dachau,” Bernard Marks said to a burst of applause from the room.

“I spent five and a half years in concentration camps, for one reason and one reason only: Because we picked on people,” he continued.

Turning to Sacramento County Sheriff Scott Jones who co-hosted the event, Marks warned him not to participate in President Trump’s harsh deportation policies, which some news outlets say consists of staking out immigrants at courthouses.

“And you, as the sheriff, who we elected as sheriff of this county, we did not elect you for sheriff of Washington, D.C. It’s about time you side with the people here,” Marks declared. And when [Homan] stands up there and says he doesn’t go after people, he should read today’s [Sacramento Bee], because in today’s Bee, the Supreme Court Justice of the State of California objected to ICE coming in and taking people away from the courts.”

“Don’t tell me that this is a lie. We stand up here, Mr Jones, don’t forget. History is not on your side.”


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