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#WorldRefugeeDay I never talk about this but seeing all this controversy about children being separated from their parents is devastating, no matter what side you’re on, politics don’t prevail over basic human decency. The parents of these two kids came to the U.S (with me & my sister) in 1993 as refugees, they were lucky enough to come here legally due to the dissolution of the Soviet Union. My parents tell me how they stuffed money into the lining of our jackets, about less than 1000 dollars. How for months we slept on mattresses in a raggedy apartment in the heights. How my dad worked as a mechanic and had to teach himself English. Sacrifices they made to live out the wildly sought after American dream. I don’t have some sappy story of tragedy but I know it took blood, sweat and tears for both my parents to get to where they are now. All thanks to this amazing country that immigrants, like myself and my family never take for granted. I can understand the desperation and drastic measures that someone would take to give their children a chance at a better future. I understand the risks but as a Jew who is alive today because Hitler “didn’t make it” to my country, putting children in camps and separating them from their parents will never be the answer. I’m genuinely heartbroken that the country I take pride in, hasn’t learned from the mistakes of others. So I post this photo, of my sister on her graduation day as a reminder of what is possible inside this country, what goals are in the back of the minds of those that risk everything.