Sessions: It’s An “Exaggeration” To Compare Us To Nazis, They Were Trying To Keep Jews From Leaving

The Huffington Post reports:

Attorney General Jeff Sessions rejected claims that the Justice Department’s new zero-tolerance immigration policy echoed Nazi Germany because concentration camps “were trying to keep Jews from leaving.” Sessions spoke with Fox News’ Laura Ingraham on Monday and defended his agency amid a growing outcry over family separations at the U.S.-Mexico border under the new DOJ policy.

“Well, it’s a real exaggeration, of course. In Nazi Germany, they were keeping the Jews from leaving the country,” Sessions said. “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 families’ benefit, is not a basis for a claim of asylum.”

New York Magazine provides a fact check:

While Adolf Hitler alluded to mass genocide as far back as 1922, the Nazis initially looked into expelling all the Jews from Europe. In October 1938, Germany began forcibly deporting Jews with Polish citizenship, many of whom had been living in Germany for generations.

When Poland refused to allow them entry, roughly 17,000 Jews were stranded in a refugee camp on the border between Poland and Germany. When a German diplomat was assassinated by a man whose parents were trapped in the camp, the Nazis used it as a pretext for launching Kristallnacht.

It’s believed that the Nazis did not have a plan for the systematic annihilation of the Jews until 1941. A year earlier, top Nazi officials considered the Madagascar Plan: forcibly relocating Europe’s Jews to the African island, which would be run as a police state by the Nazi SS.