America has never been that welcoming to refugees

Hating refugees is something America is known for, the inscription on the Statue of Liberty notwithstanding.

Never mind the fact that not one refugee has committed a terrorist attack in the United States, and that it’s looking like none of the Paris attackers were Syrian refugees, America has reacted to the latest terrorist atrocity overseas with an outpouring of bigotry and hate.

But then, that’s what we do.

America has long harbored anti-refugee sentiment driven by stereotypes and fear. German Jews, Catholics and Japanese-Americans have all faced this sort of skepticism over the years, as evinced by polling from the time, as well as old news clips and cartoons:

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