Friday, January 31, 2020

Supreme Court allows public charge clause that kept Nazi-era refugees from the US


The Trump administration's has now scheduled the implementation of the new public charge exclusion.  Laurel Leff for The Conversation reminds us that, during World War II, the public charge exclusion served as the basis for denying entry to roughly 300,000 Jewish refugees. fleeing Nazi Germany  Consular officials denied visas to everyone, including Jewish people fleeing the Holocaust,  found "likely to become a public charge."  Leff's view:  "As someone who has studied European Jews’ attempts to escape Nazi persecution and immigrate to the U.S., the administration’s evocation of the public charge clause is chilling."


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