Pembroke Pines, FL- U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (FL-23) issued the following statement in observance of Passover:

“Sundown marks the beginning of Passover, a holiday of reflection, storytelling, and a recommitment to the values of freedom and liberty. We retell the story of Jews who were held as slaves in Egypt and the miraculous story that led to our redemption.

“As we go through the traditional Seder, each food we eat and word we say holding significant meaning, we also look to the future. We remind ourselves that many among us in our own communities and throughout the world still yearn for redemption and freedom. There are those among us who are still not free from the shackles of human slavery, nor from the realities of hunger.

“Throughout the world, more than 60 million people are fleeing persecution, violence, and fear. People of every faith and background are crossing oceans and seas, deserts and continents in their quest for freedom, and as we gather with our families and friends at our seder tables this year, I hope all of my colleagues in Congress will take this Passover lesson to heart: “you shall not oppress the stranger, for you were once strangers in the land of Egypt.”

“From my family to yours, may you have a meaningful and peaceful holiday.”