Senate President Stan Rosenberg draws parallels between President Trump's actions and Holocaust

Massachusetts Senate President Stan Rosenberg, D-Amherst, on Monday called President Donald Trump's actions on refugees "shameful."

Rosenberg, who is Massachusetts' first Jewish Senate president, compared Trump's actions to the precursor of the Holocaust.

"Incremental actions such as these, undermining human rights and civil liberties, started Germany down a road that led to one of the darkest periods in history," Rosenberg said in a statement.

Trump on Friday announced a ban for 90 days on immigration from seven predominantly Muslim counties and a suspension for 120 days of a program allowing any Syrian refugees into the country. Administration officials originally said the policy applies to green card holders from those seven countries but later walked that back.

Rosenberg's full statement is as follows:

"It is shameful that the President of the United States has unleashed a wave of fear across the country with an executive order to deny lawful residents their constitutionally guaranteed rights. I am proud that it was a federal judge in Massachusetts who issued the broadest restraining order against such a cowardly act, and I am proud that lawyers are advising clients with green cards to fly into our airport, Logan International.

It is distressing that President Trump would do this at all, but to do it on January 27th, International Holocaust Remembrance Day, is unconscionable. Incremental actions such as these, undermining human rights and civil liberties, started Germany down a road that led to one of the darkest periods in history. This is about the erosion, over time, of people's basic rights and human dignity. 

We cannot be silent in the face of even the smallest acts which undermine the constitutional rights guaranteed for the people by the wise, humanitarian framers of the United States Constitution and the Massachusetts Declaration of Rights."

By Shira Schoenberg | sschoenberg@repub.com