Attorney General Jeff Sessions attempted to defend the Trump administration against growing criticism that its immigration policies of family separation and detaining migrant children are like concentration camps, saying that the Nazis were actually “keeping the Jews from leaving the country.”
Sessions made the remarks on Fox News’s “The Ingraham Angle” after host Laura Ingraham noted that some opponents have compared the practice to “concentration camps.”
“Well it’s a real exaggeration. Of course in Nazi Germany, they were keeping the Jews from leaving the country,” Sessions said.
“This is a serious matter,” he continued. “We need to think it through, be rational and thoughtful about it. We want to allow asylum for people who qualify for it but people who want economic migration for their personal financial benefit and what they think is their family’s benefit is not a basis for a claim of asylum.”
Attorney General Jeff Sessions: "We want to allow asylum for people who qualify for it, but people who want economic migration for their personal financial benefit…is not a basis for a claim of asylum." @IngrahamAngle pic.twitter.com/ae0QoEMAVD
— Fox News (@FoxNews) June 19, 2018
Daily Beast National Editor Justin Miller responded to Sessions’ remarks by noting:
— Justin Miller (@justinjm1) June 19, 2018
Some Twitter users noted that the U.S. turned away thousands of Jewish refugees who ultimately died in concentration camps.
Just jaw-dropping. The US attorney general makes only this one ahistorical distinction between his own policy and the Nazi government’s. Among other things, we know there were Jewish refugees from the Third Reich because the United States turned them away. https://t.co/7it4k8FyaU https://t.co/ldFbASJvro
— southpaw (@nycsouthpaw) June 19, 2018