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Sprinkles from the Left

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“The implications of Tuesday’s decision are profoundly disturbing. The conservative justices spent the bulk of the Trump years insisting that courts must defer to the president’s constitutional authority over foreign affairs…

Now they have allowed a lone Trump-appointed judge, Matthew J. Kacsmaryk, to force the government into sensitive diplomatic negotiations over border policy. Their decision even grants Kacsmaryk sweeping authority to oversee these negotiations so he can ensure that the Biden administration is pushing Mexican officials hard enough to revive Trump’s program…

The booby prize is that the court alluded to language from the 5th Circuit decision finding that the administration will not violate the court order if it tries in ‘good faith’ to reinstate the Trump-era policy. What constitutes ‘good faith’ when you’re dealing with a defunct program and a third-party government? No one knows.”

Dahlia Lithwick and Mark Joseph Stern, Slate

“The [recent Census Bureau] numbers depict a country that is ever less White and ever more reliant on native- and foreign-born Americans of color to sustain its growth. The nation’s politics increasingly revolve around how to react to these trends.

This suggests a choice. The United States could capitalize on the advantages that come with being an open, expanding, innovative country that is increasingly diverse. Or the nation’s leaders could react to the declining demographic dominance of White Americans by fighting a rearguard action against ethnic and cultural change, making the country more like Japan or some Eastern European countries: aging, stagnating and culturally static. This is the desultory future toward which former president Donald Trump tried to drag the country…

Mr. Trump and others argue that immigrants depress labor standards and wages in the United States, and that they contribute to other social problems. In fact, economists have found that immigrants tend to be more innovative and entrepreneurial than native-born Americans, obtaining more and more valuable patents, and founding businesses of all sizes at higher rates. “Immigrant-founded firms employ more people in total than there are immigrants in the U.S. workforce,” Northwestern University’s Benjamin Jones reported.

There is only one rational way ahead: The United States must embrace immigrants if it is to remain the vibrant, wealthy society that the rest of the world has envied for so long. This calls for a strong legal immigration system that welcomes foreign talent and a politics that does not demonize the diverse communities that have become the nation’s lifeblood.”

Editorial Board, Washington Post ($)

Sprinkles from the Right

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“Migrants keep coming because they hear that if they get into the U.S. they have a decent chance of staying. More than 210,000 migrants were apprehended last month, most of whom seek to remain in the country by claiming asylum. Arrivals have increased in each month of the Biden Presidency and now exceed levels not seen since 2000…

Remain in Mexico worked as a deterrent. A Homeland Security review in 2019 found that enforcement against Central American migrants declined 80% as the policy took effect from May through September. More than 70,000 asylum seekers were returned to Mexico. Remain in Mexico is also more humane than the lawless chaos that now prevails. The Mexican government’s agreement to house a share of migrants reduced the risks of crossing illegally and relieved the migrant burden on U.S. border states.”

Editorial Board, Wall Street Journal

“Six months into the Biden administration, the president’s border crisis has become far more than a national-security, humanitarian, and constitutional crisis. It represents one of the most substantial public-health crises facing the United States as we struggle to recover from the pandemic…

Earlier this year, NBC reported that the Biden administration was releasing into the country illegal aliens who later tested positive for COVID. This week, Fox News reported that more than 7,000 COVID-positive illegal aliens have been released into McAllen, Texas, since February, including more than 1,500 in just the past week, causing cities such as McAllen and Laredo to declare a state of emergency…

In short, the administration is knowingly seeding border towns and cities with individuals who are actively carrying and transmitting the virus — people who have defied our laws and broken into our country while ignoring almost all basic guidance concerning COVID…

Not only do the massive numbers of illegal aliens being apprehended at the border every month overwhelm our Border Patrol, but many are subsequently released into the interior because CBP simply does not have the capacity to detain, process, and deport them.

For anyone willing to put aside politics, the consequences are right before our eyes.”

Mark Morgan, former acting commissioner of Customs and Border Protection (CBP), is a visiting fellow at The Heritage Foundation (published in National Review)