At the Border of Hope and Despair

  • The rules and regulations governing the U.S. refugee program now exist as an ad hoc pastiche of thrown together initiatives rather than a rational, consistent policy tied to the national welfare.
  • The current border crisis has nothing to do with our national priorities and everything to do with a cynical, politicized, and utterly fabricated fear of the other.
  • The border crisis is not a harbinger of an open border to immigration, but rather a constantly changing and mean-spirited constriction of time-honored juridical principles that have guided the U.S. immigration system for 70 years.
  • There are terrible overlays of race, xenophobia, income inequality, and ethnic nationalism producing an intolerable system at the border.
  • The entire panoply of current directives is aimed solely at disincentivizing asylum seekers from coming to the U.S.
  • The MPP program is nothing more than a deportation program wrapped in bureaucratic niceties.
  • We have the capacity to admit vulnerable populations in a manner that serves our social, moral, and economic interests.
  • The United States has through political manipulation and economic exploitation been a principal cause for civic and political instability in Central and South America.
  • It is unconscionable to deprive a person, irrespective of alienage, of liberty through a detention system constructed on an absence of due process protections and humanitarian values.
  • There is a right engrained in treaty commitments, basic humanitarian principles, and widely-held religious precepts to allow vulnerable populations to seek protection in the face of persecution in the home country.

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