Trump rounding up illegal immigrants and Hitler
If you think Trump rounding up millions of people to imprison, and then ship them off isn’t eerily similar and comparable to Hitler rounding up millions of Jewish people to send them off, then you are being willfully blind.
The people of Germany weren’t immediately told that Jews were going to be exterminated. The Nazis hadn’t initially planned to exterminate Jews. Nazi persecution of Jews was gradual and incremental. First a hatred of Jews was developed through propaganda. Then boycotts were implemented, which were acceptable. Laws were enacted, which were tolerated. Then Nazis began rounding up Jews and sending them to concentration camps. Germans knew what was going on, but it wasn’t them so they stood by in silence. (Other groups were also targeted, but they were minority groups (i.e. gays, gypsies), so the German people did nothing). By that point, Fascism had settled in, and speaking out was no longer an option even if they had wanted to.
After they started putting Jewish people in concentration camps, Nazis came up with the “final solution” in 1942, 10 years after they came to power. The final solution was not attributed to a single decision or one particular incident. It was an incremental process. The Nazis believed that Jews were the only aliens to Europe and did not belong (sound familiar?). Hitler initially wanted to relocate Jews out of Europe (sound familiar?), but when that became impossible, the final solution was developed. The final solution was to exterminate all Jews.
Nazis came to power in 1933. The people of Germany stood by and let the Nazi treatment of Jews gradually get worse, until it ended in the Holocaust. When Nazis began to ostracize the Jewish people in the early 1930s, the people of Germany probably did not think it would end in the death of millions of people because they were different. When Nazis first started rounding up Jews, they did so because they basically saw them as illegal aliens who had no right to be in Europe. They imprisoned them with intentions to send them away. When relocating Jews became impossible, they decided to kill them.
Trump and his ilk see illegal immigrants just as Nazis saw Jews, as aliens to the United States who have no right to be here. Like Hitler, he wants to round them up and imprison them. Like Hitler he then wants to relocate them (or send them back to where they came from). What happens if just like in Nazi Germany, relocating illegal immigrants becomes impossible?
Do we want to take a wait and see approach? Should we just be silent? Oh it can’t happen here people say. How many Germans do you think thought the same thing in 1933?
This is the United States of America. Is this really who we want to become? Do people need to be remembered who we used to be:
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal,
that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights,
that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.–That
to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving
their just powers from the consent of the governed, –That whenever any
Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of
the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government,
laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in
such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and
Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long
established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and
accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to
suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by
abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train
of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a
design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it
is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards
for their future security.