The Anne Frank Center for Mutual Respect, the U.S. chapter the foundation based in the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam, went on a social media offensive against President Donald Trump's executive actions aimed at Mexican and Muslim immigrants to the United States. "President Trump is beyond the wrong side of history. He is driving our nation off a moral cliff," the organization wrote on Facebook."
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On Wednesday, the Anne Frank Center posted a statement by its executive director Steven Goldstein on it Facebook page. "As President Trump prepares orders to wall out Mexicans and shut out refugees from America, today marks one of the most hateful days in our nation's history," Goldstein wrote. "Donald Trump is retracting the promise of American freedom to an extent we have not seen from a President since Franklin Roosevelt forced Japanese Americans into internment camps during World War II. Today the Statue of Liberty weeps over President Trump's discrimination."
Goldstein further said that "[w]hen President Trump uses national security as a guise for racism, he doesn't strengthen our national security. He compromises our national security by engendering disrespect for America by people around the world."
The Anne Frank House also posted a barrage of tweets on its official account disparaging the president's policy:
Trump's executive order threatens a refugee resettlement deal with Australia signed late last year, and could leave more than 1,000 asylum seekers in limbo. The U.S. agreed to resettle an unspecified number of refugees being held in Papua New Guinea and the tiny South Pacific island nation of Nauru on Australia's behalf, under a deal to be administered by the UN refugee agency.
Friday is International Holocaust Remembrance Day.