Commentary

Rabbi Spero: Stop Comparing Every Immigration Difficulty to the Holocaust

By Rabbi Aryeh Spero | November 27, 2018 | 3:08pm EST
TIJUANA, MEXICO - NOVEMBER 25: A man waves a Mexican flag at the San Ysidro port of entry as it stands closed at the U.S.-Mexico border on November 25, 2018 in Tijuana, Mexico. Migrants circumvented a police blockade as they attempted to approach the El Chaparral port of entry and U.S. Customs and Border Protection temporarily closed the two ports of entry on the border with Tijuana in response. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images) (left) Auschwitz front gate (Screenshot) (right)

It is a sign of ignorance and imbalance to compare and equate the plight of the Jews of the Holocaust with those who have joined the caravan to forcibly enter the U.S.

The Jews were specific targets for genocide and prolonged torture in concentration camps whereas those of the caravan are not targets for mass death and concentration camps. They, unlike the Jews in Germany, are not being rounded up hourly by the Gestapo. Many, themselves, reportedly have guns, are well fed, and have been offered residency in Mexico.

In fact, it appears that many are using the caravan situation as a political statement against a government whose politics they disagree with and, unbelievably, are railing against America.

It is high time that people on the left stop comparing every immigration difficulty to the Holocaust.  Jews during World War II were hunted down and had nowhere to go, their relatives and entire families were being rounded up for death, and they would have blessed the ground of our country and obeyed our immigration laws if they but had the chance. For them, entry into America would have been a dream, asking for nothing in return. In contrast, too many members of the caravan are being aided and funded by leftists attempting to delegitimize our country’s right, and our President’s obligation, to safeguard the American people. They are telling us how to run our own country!

None of the Jews wishing to come to America posed a threat of physical criminality, nor were they carriers of lethal drugs, or MS-13 gang members. None were a threat to safe streets and communities. All came wanting to work, never ever thinking of living off the backs of American citizens as somehow their right and entitlement.

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