A Twitter bot that drew international attention last month for its tweets about Holocaust refugees amidst the rollout of Donald Trump’s executive order on immigration has trained its fire on Attorney General Jeff Sessions.
In January, the bot tweeted photos of the passengers on the ill-fated 1939 journey of the St. Louis, a boat full of Jewish refugees from Europe that was turned back by U.S. authorities. The tweets drew implicit connections to the treatment of refugees through the executive orders of the Trump Administration.
Today, the bot is tweeting again - this time, to point out that the 1924 immigration law that Attorney General Sessions has praised was the very reason why the St. Louis was turned away.
My name is Naftali Begleiter. Jeff Sessions thinks the policies that led to my death were ‘good for America.’ https://t.co/bhElYxOp5r— St. Louis Manifest (@Stl_Manifest) February 28, 2017
The bot, created by Jewish educator Russel Neiss, is tweeting names of St. Louis passengers one by one.
This story "Jeff Sessions Roasted By Twitter Bot For Praising 1924 Jewish Quota Immigration Law" was written by Josh Nathan-Kazis.