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The detention of illegal immigrants, including separating children and infants from their families, bears strong resemblance to tactics used during the Holocaust, suggests Adam Roy of Forward. While clearly distant from the genocide committed in extermination camps, America’s border policy reflects the Nazis' xenophobia, organization and lack of empathy even for children. Donald Trump’s rhetoric of dehumanizing and portraying certain immigrant groups as animals or rapists mirrors Nazi rhetoric. Similar is the way that morally abhorrent acts against children and families have been cooly justified. In both cases, human rights and dignity are disrespected.

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While morally abhorrent, the treatment of the children of immigrants is a far cry from the crimes of the Holocaust, infers Jacob Weindling of Paste Magazine. One issue that has prompted these comparisons is language. While the Nazis also made use of concentration camps, their extermination camps were key to the ethnic cleansing of Jews. It is correct to say that illegal immigrants are being housed in the former, but comparisons with the latter aren’t warranted. If anything, US internment of Japanese-Americans during WW2 comes to mind. It is not just foreign ideals like Nazism that allowed this kind of all-American hate to rise.

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