Syrian refugees face similar fears as Anne Frank did during World War II.
Feebleminded. Insane. Criminal. Mooching. All of these words have been invoked to legitimize the opinions of Americans who want to deny Syrian refugees entry to the United States. Not coincidentally, they’re also words that were used in 1924 by eugenics proponents in order to pass legislation to keep the world’s “undesirables” outside of the United States’ otherwise “pure” soil. They’re words which, when enshrined in law and popular discourse, had the effect of ending Anne Frank’s life, and countless others just like her.
Last week, the House of Representatives voted to keep America “safe” by passing the American Security Against Foreign Enemies (SAFE) Act of 2015. In the act, which passed with a vote of 289-317, the House has motioned to suspend the Obama administration’s already meager vow to accept 10,000 Syrian refugees over the next year, amid an ongoing conflict which has already produced over four million refugees and shows no signs of stopping.