Feffer’s account works on some levels, but there’s a dimension missing. In '39, Jewish Europeans were fleeing violence that was prodominantly German; today, most refugees are fleeing violence that is predominantly American.
The American president denies refugees entry on one side while he directs the violence that displaces them on the other.
This is just as true of refugees leaving Latin America for San Diego and Brownsville as it is for boats of refugees coming into ports in Spain and Italy. The only difference is that American violence in the Mideast has become more overt, while American black ops violence throughout Latin America is mostly carried out by CIA proxies and associates to stamp out other businesses, legal and illegal (the most complete accounts may be by Douglas Valentine).
Readers might be excused for getting a picture of current and recent leaders as a Roosevelt who might only need to be chided to allow the Jews whom he regards as someone else’s problem to enter. That’s a naive vision of Roosevelt, who turned these people away to die while he was angling for war. But it is a dangerous view of either party.
A closer comparison here would be to Adolf Hitler, who denied the Jews passage variously while he exterminated them. A somewhat closer comparison still is to Israel’s work to exterminate the Palestinians in areas that they wish to acquire, because of the modern sort of care given to disinformation.