During World WarⅡ, the US had a chance to save hundreds of thousands of Jews seeking refuge from “the final solution” imposed by Hitler, but lost their chance and regretted it all. Not only was their immigration restrictions difficult, but the Jews had to wait several years on the waiting list to actually go to the US, years they did not have. They also had a chance to save the passengers of the SS St. Louis when they tried to seek refuge in Cuba and US. Cuba had only accepted twenty-eight out of about nine-hundred Jews, while the US refused entry to them all. Later, the majority of the passengers will die in concentration camps.(1) The world vowed to never let another “Holocaust” happen again, however they failed to accomplish this goal in …show more content…
Quotas established in the US Immigration and Nationality Act of 1924 strictly limited the number of immigrants who could be admitted to the United States each year. (1) Public opinion in the United States, although ostensibly sympathetic to the plight of refugees and critical of Hitler's policies, continued to favor immigration restrictions. The Great Depression had left millions of people in the United States unemployed and fearful of competition for the scarce few jobs available. It also fueled anti-semitism, xenophobia, nativism, and isolationism, making it difficult for the Jews to live in the US (1) As for the Syrian side, The US had accepted up to two thousand Syrians out of nine million. however there was much opposition to the notion of accepting more. (5) Due to fear of Islamic extremists in the midst of the refugees, many politicians and citizens are unwilling to accept any refugees to enter the US. Some going so far as to ban them from entering certain states. There was also a public poll on both situations showing that the majority of US citizens are against allow the German Jews from entering the US. The same is can be said for the Syrian, but more divided among the …show more content…
The situations and cause for the Jews and the Syrians are different. The Jewish people have tried to escape discrimination and the high likelihood of extermination over their religion. The Syrians are trying to get away from the conflict in the Middle East and only some due to their religion. The Jews were turned away due to suspicion of harboring a spy, but the reason was unfounded. However with the Syrians, the likelihood of bringing in an extremist is high and possibly over two hundred ISIS sympathizers currently in the US. (2) Also the US barely accepted any Jewish refugees, but allowed about two thousand Syrian and may accept ten thousand later. The US government and citizens regretted refusing the Jewish refugees, allowing them to die a painful, horrible death, but the Syrian refugees is a different story. Not only is there a much higher chance of terror attacks to occur if they are accepted, but could jeopardize the well-being of the US and its citizens. As a certain government official said,”Our people’s safety comes first, and we will not compromise their safety based on the small chance of Islamic extremists in the midst of the Syrian refugees.” And is the old saying goes, “Better safe than
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People all over the world have been asking themselves if it is right for their country to let in refugees from Syria. It is a question everybody fears from answering because of the consequences it may take. Several states in America have denied the entry because of security reasons and the over population. Even if there are several countries still refusing Syrians there are a few who are accepting them. Looking at some articles, I’ve seen differential opinions and one must read and understand why Syria refugees need a chance to be rescued from all the chaos and horror they’ve been through.
If a death is preventable and one fails to prevent its occurrence, is he at fault? During and after the Holocaust, citizens of the United States pondered this question in the context of Jewish refugees murdered in Nazi Germany; ultimately, citizens remember this tragic genocide and promise it will not happen again under any circumstances, not only in America, but in other nations as well. Since the Holocaust, leaders and lawmakers in the United States have analyzed the causes that led to this event and designed laws and documents to prevent such an infraction of human rights from happening again. The long-lasting effects of the Holocaust, which expose the dangers of America’s isolation and conservative immigration policies, contribute to the liberalization of American immigration and increased worldwide instances of United States humanitarian intervention.
Through out history there’s a ground breaking event that forces society to reform its beliefs. The Holocaust was one of these events, refugees were persecuted in a number of ways and society had a choice to help, become isolated, or to confirm any persecution as ok or right. In every choice our society has depicted that there's a right and a wrong decision to everything; it was wrong for U.S legislation to not give their best efforts to help refugees of the Holocaust it lead to future prejudices and the suffering of millions.
The period between 1900 and 1915 is thought to be the peak of immigration. More than ten million people came to the United States looking for a better future. The fact that these included Jews and Catholics alerted older Anglo-Saxon and Protestant American citizens. They also disliked the fact that newcomers with their Old World customs, dared to compete for low-wage jobs. As the tension over immigration rose, a series of anti-immigration measures were taken. Immigration Quota Law of 1924 and a 1929 act, both of these laws limited the number of immigrants to over a hundred thousand to be distributed among people of different nationalities as oppose to the number of the fellow countrymen already living in the United States in 1920.
When one looks through the history of the last century, many great atrocities can come to mind. However, the one that is the most common is that of the Holocaust during World War II. People often wonder how something like this could have been allowed to happen. These same people wonder this without realizing that something similar has happened, right within their own shores. Not only this, but they do not realize how previously close we could become to having this happen again.
“For evil to flourish, it only requires good men to do nothing” -Simon Wiesenthal (Simon Wiesenthal Quote). During the Holocaust, an estimated eleven million people died agonizing deaths from methods such as gas chambers, scientific experiments, beatings, and malnutrition (Concentration Camps 1933-1939). This staggering number is almost as much as the current population of the state of Ohio (United States). The big question is, why did the
I was amazed how people could kill people in such a way and made me interested to search in this topic. The Holocaust killed more than six millions Jews, other many homosexual, Gypsies and others considered deviant under the command of Adolf Hitler. All the Jews from all over the Europe were shipped by SS, Hitler’s security force, and thrown into gas chambers. In the gas chambers the Jews were exposed with poisonous gas which killed them and helped perform different human experiments for crazy Nazi scientists. I think with such a power United States could have done far more to save those 6 million Jews but unfortunately they didn’t take any major step to save them. After the autumn of 1941, the Nazi let the Jews fleet the country but very few European countries were willing to accept them. America was also not willing to accept the Jews because it feared the unemployment problem after the new immigrants were exposed to the country. During the Holocaust Jews were treated like an animals. It is said that Jews were killed and their fat was used to make soaps and their bones to make bottoms. The world could have done much more to save Jews but no country went there to support them instead watched them get killed in the gas chambers. Roosevelt and his advisers thought that the best way to handle the holocaust was to end the war and yes, the end of the war gave an end to the horrifying
Since the attacks were a form of terrorism and were related toward Muslim’s, governors are refusing to accept any Syrian refugees in their states (USA Today). They say that if they do accept them, then the refugees will “take advantage of their freedom and generosity” (USAToday). It is clear that the governors are making decisions based on raw emotion because they are feeling fear, pressure, and suspicion towards them. Accusing the innocent Syrian refugees of being dangerous is simply an ignorant move, which they will possibly regret after. If the attacks had not taken place then they would have most likely accepted them, but since they are scared, their judgement is impaired.
Today the White House says the U.S. is preparing to accept at least 10,000 Syrian refugees in the next year, which will hopefully begin October 1. The Syrians can 't go back to where they come from because their houses are destroyed and they have no shelter. The U.S. today is hesitant to let the refugees into our country because they don’t know if they could be part of a terrorist group, therefore the Americans during the Holocaust didn’t want to let the Jews into the country because they were imaged as bad people. Yet Americans during the Holocaust did not interfere with what was happening in Germany because if America decided to do so, in response we would have also become the main target because we let the Germans into America. After all we
1st, the Jews and the Syrian refugees were trying to escape danger. The Jewish people wanted to escape from the Holocaust. The Syrian refugees had to abandon their homes because of the war. The Syrian people and Jews weren't threats to the U.S.
The government had introduced an immigration quota system years before the war started. After the great depression, “President Herbert Hoover instructed the State Department to enforce the quota laws very strictly,” making it even more difficult for immigrants to enter America (USHMM). As a result of the much more strict immigration policy, many Jews trying to leave Europe and live in America were turned away. This could have easily been solved with a temporary change in the immigration quota due to a state of emergency, but no change was made. In addition to the quota system, the government also withheld information about the Holocaust from the American people. When the State Department received information about Hitler’s Final Solution, officials “believing the news to be a rumor and feeling that any rescue action was impossible...did not forward the report” (USHMM). Although the report was eventually discovered, the obstruction of it caused the news to come to the American people much later than it could have. In addition, the fact that the State Department did not consider it to be real shows just how unconcerned the American government was regarding the Holocaust. If the report was seriously considered as real, thousands of Jewish lives could have been
When the United States heard about the holocaust taking place in Germany, they took action. The Holocaust in Germany was a mass murder of millions of jews that was ran by Adolph Hitler and his Nazi party. The United States is taking similar actions today against syrian refugees just like how they did with the germans running the concentration camps.
These two articles about Jews and Syrians are very much similar and different. They are similar because both Jews and Syrians are trying to get out of warzones and are dying trying to get into the U.S. They are different because Jews were never a threat to the U.S. in any way, while Syrians are causing a threat in the U.S. to this day but we are still letting those people in. Also, the camps that Jews were at were totally different than the ones Syrians were at.
Not all Jews could have a normal life, even if they did escape. Now, the Syrian refugees are going through something similar. As an example, it took the Kashak's years to escape. Remember this; they were some of the lucky ones. Other Syrians are killed and threatened. Getting out of the mess Jews and Syrians were put in because of who they are. Getting out of this nightmare might just be their biggest dream. Who are you to crush that?