“The past is never dead. It’s not even past.”
Those who support the ban of refugees argue that people who want to attack the United States will pose as refugees to sneak into the country. As the president said:
It is rather a horrible story, but in some of the other countries that refugees out of Syria have gone to, especially Muslim refugees, they found a number of definitely proven terrorists.
President Trump is certainly taking a firm line.
Except this quote isn’t from him. It’s from President Franklin D. Roosevelt:
Not all of them are voluntary spies. It is rather a horrible story, but in some of the other countries that refugees out of Germany have gone to, especially Jewish refugees, they found a number of definitely proven spies.
During Roosevelt’s presidency, the United States maintained strict limits on immigration from Germany and Austria, in part out of the fear that Nazi spies would pose as refugees to enter the country.
The American people widely supported the ban of Jewish refugees, with over half the country agreeing that “Jews are different and should be restricted.” Nearly two-thirds said that Jews were at least partially to blame for their persecution, and about half held the racist belief that Jews had too much power and influence in the United States.
America denied entry to hundreds of thousands of Jewish refugees fleeing the Holocaust. Many thousands of Jewish refugees denied entry to the United States were forced to return to Germany, where they were murdered by the Nazis.
The United States’ failure to help the Jews in World War II is a moral stain upon the country, and it would not have happened without the fears and prejudices that the American public held toward refugees. Never again.