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“We should try to keep them out”

November 18, 2015

In his 2002 book The Myth of Rescue author W.D. Rubinstein wrote: “In July 1938 (several months before Kristallnacht) Fortune Magazine, as part of its quarterly survey of American public opinion, asked ‘What is your attitude toward allowing German, Austrian and other political refugees to come to the U.S.?’ The results were as follows:

We should encourage them to come even if we have to raise our immigration quotas    4.9%

We should allow them to come but not raise our immigration quotas     18.2%

With conditions as they are we should try to keep them out     67.4%

Don’t know     9.5%”

On November 19, 2015 the U.S. House of Representatives made the politically easy but morally indefensible position to side with those who said “we should try to keep them out” by passing bill HR 4038. I responded to my Congressman (who I normally support for his leadership):

@RepLoBiondo Ethics are not a servant of convenience. I am disappointed by the lack of leadership shown by the House yesterday re HR 4038.”

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