Why do people try to lump Arizona’s crackdown on illegal immigration in with Nazi Germany?
LOS ANGELES — Arizona's tough new law against illegal immigration has prompted furious protests and boycotts but Jewish groups say opponents who compare it with the rise of Nazi Germany are going too far.
"It diminishes the Holocaust," said Rabbi Marvin Hier, founder and dean of the Wiesenthal Center, an internationally known Holocaust studies center based in Los Angeles.
"Survivors and others are very upset about this," he said Friday. "When you exaggerate, it's very harmful to them when they know that their mothers and fathers were taken to the gas chambers without any recourse to the law. They lost children."
The Arizona law that takes effect in July makes illegal immigration a state as well as a federal crime. It requires police to ask a person about his or her immigration status if there's "reasonable suspicion" that the person is in the country illegally.
Critics say it opens the door to racial profiling against Hispanics, although the law bars prosecutions based solely on race.
Last month, Cardinal Roger Mahony, head of the Los Angeles Roman Catholic Archdiocese, said the law encourages people to turn on each other in Nazi- and Soviet-style repression.
Mahony's spokesman, Tod Tamberg, said Friday that the cardinal "never compared Arizona or Arizonans to Nazi Germany."
"What he said was that the fear that this kind of law creates in a community, where people are not sure whether they're going to be made to stop and produce papers, was certainly a characteristic" of the Soviet and Nazi regimes.
"We should all be careful about comparisons to the Holocaust," Tamberg said. "The Holocaust was and remains a unique and horrible experience to which there is no comparison."
References to fascism also came up on Wednesday as the Los Angeles City Council voted to boycott Arizona businesses.
Councilman Paul Koretz likened the law _ and other Arizona laws such as one that curbs high school ethnic studies programs _ to the beginnings of Nazi Germany when Jews were singled out for persecution.
"We can't let this advance any further," said Koretz, who said he lost relatives in the Holocaust. "It is absolutely dangerous."
The Wiesenthal Center opposes the immigration law.
"We think it stigmatizes immigrants, for example, Latinos," Hier said. "A white American would never have to face such a challenge so it's openly discriminatory in its nature."
However, Hier said it is unjust to compare a law passed by democratically-elected officials to those made in a totalitarian state that gave its victims no recourse to the law.
"Here, to call fellow Americans Nazis is beyond the pale. Not every tremor is the Haiti earthquake," Hier said.
The German laws led to death camps "and America is not coming down that road," he said.
A call seeking comment from Koretz was not immediately returned Friday. Koretz was in a council meeting to hear budget recommendations for closing a huge budget gap.
The national director of the Anti-Defamation League, Abraham H. Foxman, wrote earlier this month that comparisons between Arizona's laws and Nazism "delegitimize and trivialize the deaths of six million Jews and millions of others and soldiers who fought to defeat Nazism. They also play into the hands of those who support the Arizona law."
He noted that some opponents of President Barack Obama's policies have compared him to Adolph Hitler.
"It seems to happen with greater regularity in American political debate today than ever before: When anger reaches a fever pitch on a particular issue, out come the inevitable comparisons to the Holocaust," Foxman said in an article in the Jewish Telegraphic Agency. "It has become a rule of thumb, an all-too convenient catchphrase of the times."
Jewish rights groups say Arizona law not Nazi
- Constipated CON.Lv 71 decade agoFavorite Answer
The answer to that question is self evident. The law requires some people to carry papers, the same as Nazi Germany. This country is also against the idea of going to a national ID card and the biggest opponents are the same people who want OTHERS to carry papers.Source(s): liiffee
- 1 decade ago
People in LA have family in Mexico or other countries and now their family cant come here because of the new laws. San Fresco let me say this their is a whole bunch of extreme Enivermentalists and other people. That is what LA is complain and who cares what LA does. I support AZ's new law about immigration and i think its a good law. We are finally fighting back against illegal immigration. AZ's law about immigration is not unconstitutional because immigrants are not protected by the constitution. Americans are only protected by the constitution. Hitler put Jewish people in Gas Chambers, camps, and other horrible stuff. People who speak against Arizona needs need to read the Constitution. Im almost 15 and i have been reading the Constitution and Arizona's laws are not unconstitutional. Trust me or read the Constitution by your self.
- imacatholic2Lv 71 decade ago
The repression in Nazi Germany and the Shoah while related were not the same things. All German and Soviet citizens (not just Jews) were affected the repression in their countries.
Spain ruled the land now called Arizona until Mexico achieved its independence in 1821. The U.S. acquired this land in the Mexican-American War in 1847. The original residents are Native Americans and/or Hispanics who were once citizens of Spain and later of Mexico.
The new Arizona immigration law makes it a state crime — a misdemeanor — to not carry immigration papers.
Does this mean that all people of European extraction who were obviously immigrants at some point need to carry their immigration papers?
Surely the Arizona government does not wish to harass the "real" Arizonan citizens whose ancestors have lived in the state since before it was even acquired by the United States of America?
With love in Christ.
- 5 years ago
I TOTALLY AGREE WITH YOU! what frustrates me though is the laws exists on the books to stop it and our government refuses to uphold them. It is illegal for someone to enter this country without a passport or a visa. Yet we wont send them home. Illegals are putting a strain on every part of our system. our health care our social security our infrastructure. our economy and our elected officials just turn their head. Illegals demand rights under our constitution which they don't even have in their own country. The constitution starts off WE THE PEOPLE OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. If you are an illegal you ARE NOT the people of the united states. We should refuse to speak or teach anything but ENGLISH. Maybe the answer is to go and take over Mexico and annex it into the united states. then send any other illegals back to their respected country. HOW do we make our elected officials do what the law says? I am frustrated.
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- MikeLv 71 decade ago
Liberals always pull out the race card and Nazi card in order to support their socialist agenda and dreams of a greater Mexico. Let's face it, Mexico is a toilet. This country will become just like Mexico if something is not done now about illegal immigration. The people coming here from Mexico are poor, unskilled laborers. Once they are here their loyal countryman (Latino groups) tell them about all the benefits that they can apply for once they are here. They have an anchor baby and then they get welfare. They flood the emergency rooms and everyone's health care costs goes up. They send their children to public schools and don't pay any income taxes. How are these illegals a benefit to the United States? This has nothing to do with race but everything to do with the working American's taxes continuing to go up to support this insanity.
- Anonymous1 decade ago
Perhaps they are missing the gas chambers, but they have all the other factors
- BrotherhoodLv 71 decade ago
There are ALWAYS those who play the super sensitive role.
There are Conservative Orthodox Jews and then there are good American Jews who are not so radical.
If Barbra Streisand doesn't agree, then neither do I.
She's good enough for me!
- *Carnage*Lv 51 decade ago
cities like LA and San Francisco are whining simply because this law can and will eventually bring them into the spotlight as being SANCTUARY CITIES like New York----
they are merely trying to mask the FACT that their claim and actions towards SANCTUARY for illegals is in DIRECT VIOLATION OF FEDERAL LAWS......
8 USC 1644 & 1373-----STRICTLY FORBIDS GIVING SANCTUARY TO ILLEGAL CRIMINALS................
- Anonymous1 decade ago
Is the Arizona govermrent not building gas chambers ready for the masses
they must be gonna build them somewhere..Im sure I read that somewhere ...
- 1 decade ago
because theyre retarded. its not racism, or killing them, it is makeing the people that are here ILLEGALLY!!! leave. they are not part of america, therefor are breaking the law. this is no worse than cracking down on druggies. come on people they are illegal... it is not racism. and we are not killing them or putting them in working camps. its the most retarded thing ive ever heard. :) hope this helps!