One ridiculously, insultingly wrong idea
Let’s get something straight. The idea of enforcing immigration laws and barring people from entering this country illegally is not the same thing as when the MS St. Louis was turned back, sending almost a thousand Jews on board to their death.
I say this because I’ve been reading such comparisons in comments on various blogs these days. And now, Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick has made the preposterous assertion.
Wednesday, Gov. Deval Patrick (D-MA) told local reporters he was looking into ways to help the Obama administration deal with the ten (sic) of thousands of illegal immigrant children flooding across the U.S.-Mexico border.
He said “My inclination is to remember what happened when a ship full of Jewish children tried to come to the United States in 1939 and the United States turned them away, and many of them went to their deaths in Nazi concentration camps.”
Patrick discussed the political debate about deportation or allowing the children to stay and said, “I think we are a bigger-hearted people than that as Americans, and certainly as residents of Massachusetts. ... Now getting from there to a practical solution, I have not done yet. I’m trying to think that through.”
If I can just say a word or two to Governor Patrick and all the rest who hold this view: You’re dangerously, stupidly, embarrassingly, and disrespectfully wrong!
To equate people entering this country illegally with Jews fleeing mass extermination throughout Europe is so horrific that no words should be needed to correct such faulty thinking. But to offer up a few:
Fleeing Central America to escape poverty, government corruption, and rampant gangs is completely different from being herded into ghettos, jammed onto cattle cars, enslaved, tortured, raped, beaten, gassed, burned alive, starved to death, frozen to death, or shot. Because you were a Jew.
Thomas Lifson adds:
Gov. Patrick is trivializing the Holocaust here by comparing it to people seeking material betterment in their lives. It is deeply offensive to the memory of those who faced a unique historical circumstance – the intent to exterminate an entire people – with people who merely want a richer and safer environment than the one their homeland offers. The murder rate in Honduras and El Salvador has actually declined in recent years, so there is no escalating crisis. And if you compare the murder rate in Honduras with the murder rate in the neighborhood of Chicago where gang violence is concentrated, comprising roughly one sixth of the entire city of Chicago, the murder rate is about the same.
The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) is normally somewhat sensitive over trivialization of the Holocaust through comparisons to such matters as abortion or human consumption of meat. But the ADL has in recent years morphed into a liberal advocacy group. And this morning, the sole mention I can find on its website of the illegal children’s invasion is this: “The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) today voiced concern about the climate of fear and intimidation generated by protests that have sprung up in some parts of the country in response to the humanitarian crisis at our nation’s borders.”