Ellison implied that the Trump administration’s immigration enforcement efforts were akin to genocide.
Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN) compared illegal immigrants in the United States to Jews under the threat of genocide in Nazi Germany in a speech to supporters in Minneapolis on Monday.
Ellison first claimed that “well over” 100 million people in the United States were deeply connected to people who had illegally immigrated to the United States.
“I’m one of the people who believes we should give our neighbors sanctuary,” Ellison said.
“What would I do if I was a Gentile in 1941, if my Jewish neighbors were under attack by the Nazis? Would I give them sanctuary?” Ellison asked the crowd to consider.
“You might be about to find out what you would do,” he said, implying that the Trump administration’s efforts to enforce U.S. immigration law was akin to genocide.
“Will you pass that moral test or will you fail it?” he asked.
The comments came hours after DREAMers disrupted a Nancy Pelosi press conference, saying that Democrats had created a “deportation machine.”
Ellison has faced criticism in the past for his ties to the Nation of Islam and defense of anti-Semitic figures.
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