Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick compared returning tens of thousands of unaccompanied children who have illegally entered the U.S. back to their own countries to Jewish children being sent to their deaths during the Holocaust.
And while some governors are expressing concerns about the Obama administration sending these children to their states, Patrick welcomes them to Massachusetts — even though he has no idea how they’ll house them.
“My inclination is to remember what happened when a shipful of Jewish children tried to come to the United States in 1939 and the United States turned them away, and many of them went to their deaths in Nazi concentration camps,” the governor told reporters Wednesday, according to the Boston Globe. “I think we are a bigger-hearted people than that as Americans, and certainly as residents of Massachusetts.”
“Now getting from there to a practical solution, I have not done yet,” he added. “I’m trying to think that through.”
The Globe reported that Patrick appeared to be speaking about the St. Louis, a ship that sailed from Germany in the spring of 1939 that was forced to return to Europe — more than a quarter of the roughly 900 Jewish refugees aboard died in the Holocaust, according to the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum.
Despite a recent survey that showed the children from Central America are motivated to make the trek to America by the belief that they will be allowed to stay once here, Patrick parrots the false narrative put forth by the Democratic Party that they do so to escape dangers in their home countries.
“I think there’s a humanitarian reason to try to find a solution, try to find a way to help,” Patrick said. “These are children, coming from incredibly dangerous places.”
There are no indications that circumstances in the various Central American countries are any different than they’ve been for decades.
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