Is history repeating itself?
In 1938, a Fortune magazine poll found that two-thirds of Americans believed that we should close our borders to political refugees from Germany, Austria and other countries, many of whom were Jewish, according to The Washington Post.
In 2015, the United States is struggling with the same refugee question after a terrorist massacre in Paris last week raised fears that Islamic State extremists might pose as refugees to come to the U.S. from Iraq and Syria. CNN reports that 53 percent of American adults don't want Syrian refugees coming to the U.S., and only 28 percent believe President Barack Obama should move forward with a plan to bring 10,000 refugees overseas.
As the debate rages on, it's humbling to remember some of the refugees who went on to make this country -- and others -- great. Here are some famous refugees from over the years: