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  • Obama: We Should See Syrian Refugees Like the Jewish Refugees of World War II

    President Barack Obama likened Syrian refugees to the Jewish refugees of World War II who sought to escape the Nazis on Tuesday at the U.S. National Archives in Washington D.C. at a naturalization ceremony.

    From USA Today:

    President Obama delivered a full-throated defense of a liberal immigration policy Tuesday, saying, America betrays its history and its values when it fails to welcome those fleeing poverty, hunger, war and persecution from all over the world.

    Speaking at a naturalization ceremony for 31 new American citizens at the National Archives, Obama compared the current wave of immigrants to the waves of German, Scottish, Irish and German immigrants of the past.

    “You don’t look alike. You don’t worship the same way, but here, surrounded by the very documents whose values bind us together as one people, you’ve raised your hands and sworn a sacred oath. I’m proud to be among the first to greet you as our fellow Americans,” Obama told the newly sworn citizens.

    But Obama’s speech was more than a welcoming. It was a not-so-subtle retort to Republican presidential candidates — notably, Donald Trump — who have promised to put a halt to Muslim refugees and to deport the undocumented Mexican and Central American immigrants already here.

    White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said the president’s speech does “stand in stark contrast to the rhetoric and divisiveness that will be on full display at the Republican debate tonight.”

    Obama’s remarks begin around the 51:40 mark in the video above.

    Although liberals condemn anyone who opposes Obama’s refugee resettlement program as a “xenophobe” and “bigot,” the president’s comparison of Syrian refugees to Jewish refugees is inaccurate. The Jews in the early 20th century as a whole were a peaceful people  and more amenable to assimilation than are today’s Syrian Muslims.

    No self-identifying Jews in the 1930s attempted to carry out daily attacks on civilians on several continents or randomly massacred European citizens in magazine offices and concert halls.

    The naturalization ceremony comes after at least 24 Republican governors have vowed to ban the entry of Syrian refugees into their states. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump also called for a ban on the entry of all Muslims into the US.

    Alicia Powe

    Staff Writer

    Alicia Powe is a staff writer for Daily Surge. She worked in the War Room of the Rudy Giuliani Presidential Committee and served as a White House Intern during the George W. Bush administration. Alicia has written for numerous outlets, including Human Events, Media Research Center and

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