The United States is swept up in the midst of a global refugee crisis, but instead of reaching out a helping hand, Americans are fearfully turning their backs on Syrian refugees.
In the wake of the Paris attacks, more than 30 U.S. governors are adamantly refusing to accept Syrian refugees under the narrow-minded assumption that a terrorist will slip in among the droves of refugees. Yet this is not the first time the U.S. has rejected refugees because of bigotry and fear mongering.
Known as the “Voyage of the Damned,” 900 Jewish refugees were turned away from American shores just before reaching Florida — about 300 of these passengers then met the fate of the Nazis.
Just as demagogue politicians warned that ISIS terrorists are infiltrating the scores of Syrian refugees desperately trying to reach the West, 1930s’ politicians also warned that Nazi agents could be hiding among the Jewish refugees.
And a Bloomberg poll has found that Americans today, just like during World War II, are persuaded by these fears.
These fear-induced sentiments are ingrained in America’s history and treatment of refugees, and unfortunately, Americans, are falling back on the regrettable side of history.