Accuracy in Media

CNN aired a video on its website on the change in immigration policy enforcement under President Donald Trump.

The Immigration, Customs and Enforcement agency is clamping down on illegal immigrants.

In their video and article, CNN quoted a Jewish American citizen who is housing undocumented immigrants, a mother and her children (the father was deported). Here’s how the Holocaust comparison came up:

The network began after the election of President Trump and the fears — and then reality — that undocumented immigrants would face stricter enforcement action.
For the woman, the link from the present to the history of World War II is strong.
“I grew up in the time where the Holocaust was not so far behind me,” says the woman. “There was always that awareness, as a Jew, that it’s possible to be kicked out of a country where people thought they were home. And many of those people didn’t make it.”
She says there is a strong feeling in the Jewish community. “We cannot let this happen. It’s our responsibility. What was done to us cannot happen to other people.”
Immigration enforcement is not equal to the Holocaust, the latter resulting in the executions of millions of Jews and other ethnicities. It is unfair for news outlets to compare this change in policy to genocide, especially when immigrants are being deported and no physical harm has been inflicted.

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