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Hitler's Immigration Restrictions

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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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