Democratic leaders are going to further and further extents to keep and grow their large voting block of illegal immigrants. Now one influential voice in their party is putting illegal immigrants in America on the same level as Jews living under Nazi oppression.
U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.), who serves as the deputy chairman of the Democratic National Committee, made the comparison during a speech Monday to supporters about the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, according to The Hill.
Speaking about illegal immigrants, he said, “I am one of the people who believes we should give our neighbors sanctuary. And if you ask yourself, ‘What would I do if I was a gentile in 1941, if my Jewish neighbors were under attack by the Nazis? Would I give them sanctuary?’ You might be about to find out what you would do.”
He concluded, “Will you pass that moral test, or will you fail it? This is the time for people who truly have faith and belief in their hearts to step up and demonstrate it.”
Nazi persecution of Jewish people who were legal citizens of Germany began when Hitler became chancellor in 1933, starting with boycotts and attacks on Jewish-run shops, according to Holocaust Learning. Next, they were stripped of their citizenship, the ability to have health insurance, and their right to marry non-Jews.
By 1937, the Jewish people had been forced out of higher level jobs and banned from serving in government. The next year, violence against Jews became widespread, and many were sent to concentration camps. The number of imprisoned Jews quickly grew to hundreds of thousands. By 1941, gassing them to death became the preferred method with how to deal with them. Eventually, six million Jews were killed by the Nazis.
In America, many illegal immigrants live in the shadows because they broke U.S. laws to get here. By in large, though, they hold jobs, enjoy basic human rights, attend schools, receive health care, get some government benefits, and assemble for protests. Many have never been deported.
Watch Ellison’s comments in context below:
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