Sacramento county Sheriff Scott Jones and acting ICE Director Thomas Homan were taken to task during a public forum via an emotionally jarring confrontation by a holocaust survivor.

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In an unprecedented display of speaking truth to power, Sacramento county Sheriff Scott Jones and acting Immigration and Customs Enforcement Director Thomas Homan were taken to task during a public forum via  an emotionally jarring confrontation by a holocaust survivor.

As the event got underway, protesters in and around the forum hall rowdily voiced their support for immigrant rights, chanting often, “say it loud, say it clear, immigrants are welcome here.”

But the highlight was when a self-identified Holocaust survivor from Poland took the mic.

Perhaps none was quite as powerful as that of an unidentified Holocaust survivor, who took Sheriff Jones and acting-Director Homan to task.

“When I was a little boy in Poland,” he said, “for no other reason but for being Jewish, I was hauled off by the Nazis. 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.

“I spent five and a half years in concentration camps, for one reason and one reason only—because we picked on people, 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. And when this gentleman [Dir. Homan] stands up there and says he doesn’t go after people, he should read today’s [Sacramento Bee newspaper]. Because in today’s Bee, the Supreme Court Justice of California objected to ICE coming in and taking people away from the courts. Don’t tell me that this is a lie.

“Don’t forget,” the man concluded, “history is not on your side.”

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Native to Phoenix, Arizona, Bernard is an active LGBTQ rights activist, writer and documentarian currently living in San Diego, CA. As an educated theologian, his work often examines the social impact of religion and politics both in America and abroad.