Democratic National Committee Vice Chairman Keith Ellison thinks illegal immigrants smuggled into the United States now face a crisis much like Jews in Nazi Germany, and he’s calling on everyone to “give our neighbors sanctuary.”
The Democratic Congressman from Minnesota headlined a “Beyond DACA” discussion on Monday at Minneapolis Community and Technical College, where he likened today’s illegal immigrants to Jews facing persecution and death in 1941.
“This is not someone else’s fight, this is all of our fight. But some people are in the bullseye, and others of us are not exactly the target. Therefore, it is our responsibility to stand up, fight, and do the right thing. And I’m going to tell you right now, I’m one of them people who believe we should give our neighbors sanctuary,” he said.
Ellison, the deputy chairman of the Democratic National Committee, then argued that Jews and illegal immigrants have a lot in common, and Americans now face a moral dilemma much like Germans did during World War II.
“If you ask yourself: What would I do if I was a gentile in 1941 and my Jewish neighbors were under attack by the Nazis? Would I give them sanctuary?” Ellison mused. “You might be about to find out what you would do. Will you pass that moral test or will you fail it?
“This is the time for people who truly have faith and believe in their hearts to step up and demonstrate it.”
The Minnesota/Dakotas chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association hosted Ellison to “hear community concerns about DACA and the future of undocumented immigrants,” according to the event description on Facebook.
It said Ellison would also “share updates on how DACA legislative solutions are moving in Congress.”
He shared some interesting statistics.
“I heard today as many as 3 million DACA recipients live with someone who is a citizen of the United States. Add that to the people who work for the DACA recipient. Add that to the people who are the parents of a DACA recipient. Add that to people who are the parents of American citizens. You’re literally talking about more than 100 million Americans who are in some way – way over 100 million, maybe well over that – who are deeply connected to people who have immigrated to the United States, some with official papers, some with not,” he said.
It’s certainly some complicated math that only an esteemed Congressmen like Ellison can fully understand.
Mediaite’s Joseph Wulfsohn offered a critique of Ellison’s performance, and honed in on his attempt to draw parallels between the Trump administration and Nazi rule.
“First, aside from the DREAMers, or children who illegally came to the United States with their parents, the majority of illegal immigrants chose to break the law and come into the United States illegally. Meanwhile, Jews were already living in Europe (and legally I might add) before Adolf Hitler seized power,” he wrote.
“Secondly, the left continues to paint this picture that ICE is rounding up non-violent illegals by the thousands and purposefully trying to break up families when in reality, it’s Democrat-supported sanctuary cities that shield violent illegals who have caused pain and suffering for people who actually belong in this country from deportation. Several Trump administration officials including Attorney General Jeff Sessions and then-DHS Secretary John Kelly have repeatedly said their primary targets are violent illegals. Meanwhile, Nazis rounded up Jews not for deportation… but for concentration camps where 6 million of them died.”
There’s also the irony of Ellison’s own complicated history with Jews.
“Finally, it’s a bit shocking to hear Ellison suggest that he’d help his ‘Jewish neighbors’ considering he defended anti-Semites for years including Louis Farrakhan and how he complained that U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East is ‘governed by what is good or bad through a country of 7 million people’ who live in Israel, the one Jewish nation in the entire world whose foundation was a direct result of the Holocaust, something apparently is near and dear to his heart,” Wulfsohn wrote.