In the wake of the tragic terrorist attacks in Paris that killed 129 people and injured hundreds more, American lawmakers have proposed new laws to combat the threat of displaced civilian refugees. Many of these laws, such as those proposed by presidental candadite and self-described human being Donald Trump and Roanoke mayor Dan Bowers. Bowers, in an official statement released yesterday, requested the suspension of Syrian refugees being resettled in Roanoke. In his letter, he cited the Japanese Internment program during WWII, saying "I'm reminded that President Franklin D. Roosevelt felt compelled to sequester Japanese foreign nationals after the bombing of Pearl Harbor, and it appears that the threat of harm to America from Isis now is just as real and serious as that from our enemies then." This proud chapter in American history, in which we sent hundreds of thousands of American citizens to concentration camps on grounds of race, presents a good model for the treatment of refugees.

Perhaps inspired by Bowers' brave stance on refugees, evil reanimated mummy wearing a sea sponge and GOP presidential frontrunner Donald Trump proposed new measures to surveil American muslims. These measures, which include surveillance of mosques, warrentless searches of muslim homes, and potentially, requiring muslims to carry ID at all time. These measures have been called 'unthinkable' - by Trump himself. Although unlike mayor Bowers, Trump has not cited any inspirations for his policies. However, many of them appear to resemble the Nuremberg Laws instituted in 1935 by Nazi Germany, which definately didn't culminate in any kind of massive, unimaginably crimes against humanity.

However, even those more moderate than Trump and Bowers have solutions with roots in history. The blocking of refugees from Syria harkens back to the St. Louis affair in 1939. The SS St. Louis, a ship full of Jewish refugees from Germany attempted to dock in Florida. However, the US government, perhaps out of fear of a wave of refugees, refused the Jews entrance to the States and sent them back to Germany. We can only assume that they lived happily ever after, as no one ever regretted sending a shipload of Jewish refugees back to Nazi Germany. Likewise, documents strongly suggest that Anne Frank was deinied a refugee visa in 1941. Despite this, she lived a long and happy life; her uplifting diary is still read in schools today. Yes, that's totally what happened. Just go with it.