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We probably have to separate two things here. The U.S. allowed a very restricted amount of immigrants at that time, and we now know that for years The U.S. was not even using the small allocated amount of permissible immigrants in from certain countries, i.e. Germany.
It makes sense that people would remember it as The U.S. not taking any more immigrants, considering how hard it was to get a spot.
This page from The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum is very informative on the subject.
On Thu, Feb 18, 2021 at 08:46 PM, Linda Higgins wrote:
That is about the same time my grandfather's brother immigrated from the Russian Empire. His descendants have told me that the United States was not taking any more immigrants at the time and he went to Argentina.