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Jewish senator likens Trump immigration policy to US blocking Jews in 1930s

Ron Wyden says president has re-created ‘paper wall’ that kept those fleeing Nazi Germany from entering America

Sen. Ron Wyden conducts a news conference with Senate Democrats in the Capitol, Sept. 30, 2020. (Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images)
Sen. Ron Wyden conducts a news conference with Senate Democrats in the Capitol, Sept. 30, 2020. (Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images)

JTA — US Sen. Ron Wyden, a son of Jewish parents who escaped Nazi Germany for the United States, compared US President Donald Trump’s immigration policy to that of the restrictive US policy in the 1930s.

During that era, many Jewish immigrants trying to flee Germany were blocked from coming to America.

“The president has rebuilt the infamous paper wall like that of the 1930s that kept too many Jews out of the United States, trapping them within the murderous regime of Nazi Germany,” Wyden, a 71-year-old Oregon Democrat, said Tuesday in a speech on the Senate floor.

“In 2020, caring people looked back and recognized that paper wall and our failure to save more people from execution at the hands of the Nazis. It was a staggering humanitarian disaster, a real stain on American history,” he said.

Trump’s immigration policies, spearheaded by Jewish adviser Stephen Miller, include a ban on travelers and immigrants from over a dozen Muslim-majority countries and a “zero tolerance” approach to migrants who tried to cross the southern border, which led to hundreds of family separations.

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