May I offer a counterpoint to the column by Cokie and Steve Roberts in which they criticize President Donald Trump's "assault on refugees" as being "a deeply moral violation of the country's most basic values," as if this horror was occurring for the very first time?
Just to review, such bans have been imposed at least six times: the 1882 Chinese Exclusion Act under President Chester Arthur; the 1903 ban on anarchists and political extremists under Teddy Roosevelt, which morphed into the Immigration Act of 1903; FDR banned Jewish refugees during the war; the 1950 ban on Communist immigrants, vetoed by Truman but passed by Congress; in 1980, Iranian immigrants banned by Jimmy Carter; in 1987, HIV positive immigrants were banned under Ronald Reagan.
During the largest influx of immigrants/refugees in the late 1800s to early 1900s, people with mental illness, physical disabilities, and certain diseases were turned away. Why do journalists and politicians continue to tell only part of the story? Are they unaware of the nightmarish situation in Europe? Mr. & Mrs. Roberts, how many refugees are you planning to accommodate in your home? Yes, once upon a time, the tired and poor were welcomed here to start new lives and assimilate into the American cultu , and infuse the best of their homelands into their new country. Sad to say that no longer seems to be the case.