This is how Americans handled refugees in 1948.
At the end of WWII in 1945, 7-11 million displaced persons were living in Germany, Italy, and Austria. President Harry S. Truman called upon Congress to enact legislation that would allow some of these wartime refugees to come to the US.
The law passed in 1948 authorized 200,000 displaced persons over the next two years. When the act was extended for two more years in 1950, it increased displaced-person admissions to 415,000. And that’s when the US population was half what it is now.
Even though some people cried that we would be bringing in Nazis, the 1948 act passed with more Republican votes than Democratic votes.
This year the administration has set a cap of 50,000 refugees, while we are in the greatest refugee crisis in world history.