Thanks to the mainstream media and the Democrats, President Trump's executive order on immigration has been completely distorted. It is not a ban and Trump is not turning away all Muslims but trying to vet those attempting to enter here from the seven countries that Obama listed as terrorist nations. Whether the MSM and the Dems are being deliberately malicious or are just plain dumb, it's obvious that Trump's executive order is benign compared with what other presidents have done to control immigration and refugees seeking asylum.
Before we were actually in WWII, on 13 May 1939, more than 900 Jews fled Germany aboard a luxury cruise liner, the SS St Louis. They hoped to reach Cuba and then travel to the US - but were turned away in Havana and forced to return to Europe, where more than 250 were killed by the Nazis. There have been attempts to excuse FDR's treatment of these innocent passengers by claiming he did a lot to save the holocaust victims once he knew what was happening in Germany but that story doesn't wash.
In an article by Jerold Auerbach in Algemeiner titled Betrayal: FDR and the Jews, the author cites FDR's anti-Semitism as far back as 1920 when as a member of the Harvard board of directors he supported a Jewish admissions quota:
"In 1941 he told his Cabinet that too many Jews were federal employees in Oregon. One of his grandsons recalled that the protagonists in FDR's jokes "were always Lower East Side Jews with heavy accents." At a wartime White House luncheon with Prime Minister Churchill, he suggested "the best way to settle the Jewish question" was "to spread the Jews thin all over the world." Indeed, enlightened Hyde Park residents surely would not object to adding "four or five Jewish families." At the 1945 Yalta conference, FDR indicated to Stalin that as a concession to the king of Saudi Arabia he would "give him the six million Jews in the United States." And who can forget that during WWII, the United States opened internment camps for Japanese and German Americans.
In 1993, faced with a potentially disastrous migration of Haitians to South Florida, and with pressure from Florida politicians, President-elect Bill Clinton backed away from a campaign promise and said the United States would continue ``for the time being`` to forcibly return Haitian boat people to their homeland. Nevertheless, hopeful Haitians set out on rickety boats in hopes of gaining entry but met dire results and it is unclear how many died after capsizing.
According to Nathan J. Robinson who wrote about Haiti's Clinton Problem in the Jacobin magazine:
"Asked about the switch, Clinton said his "campaign rhetoric had been sorely misunderstood." Clinton maintained that "people who didn't qualify as refugees still shouldn't be here," and the Haitians were fleeing for "economic" rather than "political" reasons, and thus didn't qualify as refugees.
This was news to the Haitians, who had thought they were fleeing political violence. It also angered human rights advocates, who had believed Clinton's word that he would end the Bush policy. The head of the National Coalition for Haitian Refugees emphasized that "[t]he policy violates the most basic tenet of refugee protection. People at least deserve to be heard to demonstrate a fear of persecution before they are returned."
Now here's something I never knew about Clinton's refugee policy but Robinson writes:
"Bill Clinton continued the Bush policy of keeping refugees at Guantanamo indefinitely. But Clinton introduced a new policy as well: testing the Haitians for HIV, and segregating those who tested positive. In doing so, he created "the world's first HIV detention camp."
Conditions in the HIV camp were horrific. The facility was a "leaky barracks with poor sanitation, surrounded by razor wire and guard towers," and numerous detainees were housed in tents. Many of the refugees were gravely ill with AIDS, and the crowded facility was characterized by fear, squalor, and uncertainty."
Then we have President Obama's betrayal of Cuban refugees. With only a week left in his presidency he announced that the long-standing policy of accepting Cubans that flee the Communist island of Cuba by sea -- the policy known as "wet feet, dry feet" -- would change. Considering the fact that many Cuban Americans in Florida supported and voted for Donald Trump, this betrayal by Obama smacks of petty retaliation and just another example of his desperate attempts to block his replacement at every turn.
It's no wonder the mainstream media is not mentioning the negative immigration history of the former presidents because these three I've mentioned are Democrats as are most of the members of the MSM. After the shocking (to them) election of Donald Trump last November 8th, the media and the Democrat Party have lost their minds and embarked on a serious campaign to destroy Trump's administration in its infancy. They care not that this places all Americans in danger if our government is destabilized and they refuse to acknowledge that much of what President Trump has proposed is just plain common sense.
Who's behind this jihad against the Trump White House? According to Paul Sperry of the New York Post, it's former president Barack Obama, reverting to his previous role as an Alinsky community organizer. He writes:
"Obama has an army of agitators -- numbering more than 30,000 -- who will fight his Republican successor at every turn of his historic presidency. And Obama will command them from a bunker less than two miles from the White House. In what's shaping up to be a highly unusual post-presidency, Obama isn't just staying behind in Washington. He's working behind the scenes to set up what will effectively be a shadow government to not only protect his threatened legacy, but to sabotage the incoming administration and its popular "America First" agenda."
Thanks to the slow confirmation of Trump nominees, the White House is still staffed by many Obama holdovers leaking information to the mainstream media which is the lapdog of the regressive Democrats in Congress. But don't despair, Trumpers, there are ways around these character assassinations but it will require us to weed out the faux news sites and access our info from the truth tellers on the Net. In my next column I will write about those sites doing a yeoman's job of ferreting out the real story behind the disinformation and lies spread by a malicious media.