Current events in the Middle East resemble those of the past: a worldwide conflict, the fear of infiltration and millions of displaced persons fleeing conflict.
When WWII came to an end in 1945, the U.S. had finally taken a role as a beckon to the world as the country that embraced refugees of the European conflict. According to the Holocaust Encyclopedia the U.S. admitted 400,000 displaced persons from 1945-1952.
Yet, during the first years of the war the U.S. had tightened its immigration policy. The U.S. Department of State did not even accept refugees of the European conflict for fear that many would be German operatives spying on the U.S.
According to The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, 10s of thousands of Immigrant Americans (Japanese, Italian, Germans, Czechs, Hungarian and Romanian) where forced to leave their homes and or forcibly interned.
These events warn of a tendency of America to forget her values.
Ironically, today, in the U.S. anti-immigrant fascist rhetoric spews across mass media emanating from ultra conservative politicians and personalities, such as Donald Trump. While Germany has become the new beckon of hope.
German chancellor Angela Merkel, is Time Magazines 2015 person of the year. Her most remarkable commitment: to receive 800,000 Syrian refuges, in spite of terrorist threats or xenophobic fears. According to Time “… Merkel brandished a different set of values—humanity, generosity, tolerance—to demonstrate how Germany’s great strength could be used to save, rather than destroy…”
These values, humanity, generosity, tolerance…once welcomed millions of people to the shores of the U.S. “…Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door!…” are the words branded onto The Statue of Liberty.
The question begs to be asked if the U.S. closes its borders on any discriminatory ground, is it still the “…land of the free?”
The Immigration Post – Chief Editor