My response to Rep. Zerwas: After reading your letter in Saturday’s paper I feel the need to correct some of your statements. Rep. Cortez did not compare the camps on the southern border to Nazi concentration camps.
She did say concentration camps which by definition are a place where large numbers of people, especially political prisoners or members of persecuted minorities, are deliberately imprisoned in a relatively small area with inadequate facilities, sometimes to provide forced labor or to await mass execution could be called that. The media or someone on the right added the word Nazi.
Yes, men and women working at the jail deserve to be treated with respect and human dignity, as I’m sure you would agree so should the detainees awaiting processing.
Yes, the county receives money from the federal government for this service and so do several corporations that are profiting off of these camps. You said if protesters are upset with current immigration laws they should contact their local congressperson and/or senator. Believe me that has been done, and now since you have taken notice maybe you can help us on that front. Protesting obviously works if it gets the attention of our local representative. — Kathleen Krohn, Elk River