The soon-to-be ex-president promised to allow thousands of Muslim “refugees” into the country once they were “fully vetted.”
The vetting would, initially at least, be done by contractors, not US. agencies. Several European countries have opened their doors to Muslim “refugees” sans restrictions and have paid the price.
Allowing refugees into the country is the “humane” thing to do after all; the only refugees ever denied entry were Jews escaping the nazis, most famously on the SS Saint Louis.
Unlike Muslims who may have allegiance to one of the many Muslim terrorists organizations, the Jews fleeing the nazis had no loyalties to any group threatening America and Americans. On board the SS St. Louis were less than 1000 passengers – a small percentage of the Muslim refugees the out-going president planned to admit. At the time, the U.S. had a great deal of “vacant” land on which the Jews could have been interned and a Jewish population willing to finance their welfare.
THE PRESIDENT WHO denied Jews entry into the U.S. — and sent many to their death at the nazi’s bloody hands — was a Democrat: Franklin Delano Roosevelt.
- The name of FDR’s — and the soon-to-be former president's — party is NOT “Democratic” but “Democrat.” The media gets it wrong more than it gets it correct.
FDR was, if not the first, one of the first to rule by polls. He made no move that might prove unpopular with his congressional allies.
While FDR sent hundreds of innocent Jews to their deaths, he also sent thousands of Japanese-Americans to internment camps. Many of the Japanese were second generation Americans, wholly loyal to the U.S.
- The 442nd Regimental Combat Team (RCT) was organized on March 23, 1943, after more than a year during which Americans of Japanese descent were declared enemy aliens, 4-C, by the U.S. War Department. It had taken all that time plus several key events to convince the Roosevelt Administration that these men should be allowed to enter combat for their country. Eventually, the 442nd, bolstered by the combat-hardened 100th Infantry Battalion, comprised of Japanese American draftees from Hawaii, became the most decorated unit in U.S. military history for its size and length of service. The Japanese-American soldiers served in Europe; 21 were awarded the Medal of Honor.
FDR also set up internment camps for selected Germans. The legal basis for internment was under Presidential Proclamation 2526, made by FDR under the authority of the Alien and Sedition Acts.
During WWII, the United States detained at least 11,000 ethnic Germans, overwhelmingly German nationals. The government examined the cases of German nationals individually, and detained relatively few in internment camps run by the Department of Justice, as related to its responsibilities under the Alien and Sedition Acts. To a much lesser extent, some ethnic German US citizens were classified as suspect after due process and also detained. Similarly, a small proportion of Italian nationals and Italian Americans were interned in relation to their total population in the US. The United States had allowed immigrants from both Germany and Italy to become naturalized citizens, which many had done by then.
Some German nationals also had been interned during WW1.
Nothing, of course, compares to what several generations of politicians and military “heroes” did to the Indians (a/k/a “Native Americans*”) — driving them, sometimes thousands of miles — into internment camps called “reservations.”
* “Native Americans” vs. “Indians”
- The Miccosukee Tribe of Indians of Florida is a federally recognized Native American tribe in the U.S. state of Florida. They were part of the Seminole nation until the mid-20th century, when they organized as an independent tribe, receiving federal recognition in 1962.
The Seminole Tribe of Florida is a Federally Recognized Indian Tribe, the only tribe in America who never signed a peace treaty.