Writing in Politico on Sunday, Josh Zeitz claims that yes, “opposition to welcoming Syrian refugees is morally or situationally equivalent to American indifference in the 1930s toward Jewish victims of the Nazi state.”
“Contrary to what conservatives are saying these days, language commonly invoked in opposition to admitting Syrian refugees bears striking similarity to arguments against providing safe harbor to Jewish refugees in the late 1930s. Then as now, skepticism of religious and ethnic minorities and concerns that refugees might pose a threat to national security deeply influenced the debate over American immigration policy. For conservatives, this likeness is an inconvenient truth.”
Actually the two are very different, during WWII the U. S refused to admit Jewish refugees into the country because FDR was an anti-Semite, today conservatives (and the majority of Americans) are concerned about bringing in Syrian refugees because there is no way to guarantee that one or more of them isn’t an ISIS terrorist.
FDR refused to accept Jews fleeing Hitler into the U.S. and his reason was the country already had too many Jews. In his book, “FDR and the Holocaust: A Breach of Faith.” historian Rafael Medoff says Franklin Delano Roosevelt failed to take relatively simple measures that would have saved significant numbers of Jews during the Holocaust, because his vision for America only encompassed having a small number of Jews.
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