Sprinkles from the Left

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“America, we once liked to say, is the only nation founded upon an ideal. But an ideal, like any living thing, must be nourished in order to survive. Ours has become severely malnourished, having been fed on empty calories of jingoism and myth, a sepia fable of virtues many of us love to trumpet — liberty! justice! for all! — without really trying to live…

This is not an argument that seeking asylum is a human and legal right, though it is both. No, this argument is grounded upon a simpler point: Human beings deserve to be treated like human beings.

One was appalled, but not particularly surprised, to have to say that when the Trump administration made cruelty its policy, caging mothers and fathers and snatching away their children. But one is both appalled and surprised to have to say it again now that Joe Biden is president. One is also disappointed. What happened this week on his watch is nothing less than an outrage.

Obviously, there is a need to re-think U.S. immigration policy and enforcement… You can starve an ideal only so long before you kill it altogether.”

–Leonard Pitts Jr., Miami Herald

“Those Haitians, who make up the majority of some 14,000 migrants packed along the border near Del Rio, Tex., didn’t arrive by accident. What led many or most of them toward the border was what has turned out for most to be the false promise that a new president, publicly committed to a more humane approach, would relax the previous administration’s draconian policies…

That’s largely what Mr. Biden has done for others… And he did so even as administration officials urged them not to attempt to cross the border illegally. That glaring disconnect, between official dissuasion and on-the-ground leniency, has been received by Haitian and other migrants as an invitation to take their chances on reaching the U.S. border…

Having mismanaged migration in its first eight months in office, which contributed to a two-decade-high surge in illegal border crossings, the administration clearly fears a backlash at the polls in next year’s midterm elections more than it fears the wrath of immigration advocates…

Many of the failings in the U.S. immigration system are reflected in the mess in Del Rio: the absence of any workable channel by which migrants could apply for asylum south of the border; the massive backlog and shortage of judges in migration courts, which means asylum applicants, once admitted, may wait two or three years for their cases to be heard; and the misalignment of high domestic demand for cheap immigrant labor with an inadequate legal supply of it.

Successive administrations tried to address some of those problems. Partisanship in Congress doomed those efforts. No major immigration reform has been enacted since the Reagan administration. Is it any wonder we’ve arrived at this juncture?”

–Washington Post Editorial Board

Sprinkles from the Right

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“If President Biden wanted to undermine his chances for immigration reform, he couldn’t do a better job than his first eight months in office. The massing of thousands of Haitians under a bridge near Del Rio, Texas, in recent days is the latest example of government failure and perverse incentives that are producing chaos at the border.

The scenes from the area couldn’t have been scripted better by immigration restrictionists: Thousands of migrants crossing the Rio Grande en masse in the expectation that they’ll be able to claim asylum in the U.S…

The problem is the incentives of American policy. U.S. law, at least as interpreted by the courts, allows migrants to claim asylum even if they are coming solely for economic reasons. They can then be released into the U.S. to work until their asylum claims are heard by overwhelmed immigration judges. Once here they know they have access to healthcare, education for their children, and in some states Covid checks.

The Biden Administration has deported many migrants under a Covid emergency rule that the Trump Administration used. But a federal judge last week said the Administration can’t use the policy to deport migrant families, while delaying the injunction for 14 days.

The predictable result of all this has been the biggest migrant surge in some 20 years…

The Biden Administration keeps saying the border is closed, though that won’t matter if it doesn’t work to change U.S. law. The White House won’t do that because it is petrified of upsetting the Democratic left, which wants any migrant to be able to enter the U.S. at any time and for any reason.”

–WSJ Editorial Board

“All those unfilled jobs and all those people, 16,000 primarily young men in Del Rio, Tex., and 20,000 more reportedly on the way, escaping the violence, food shortages, unemployment and political instability of Haiti. Eighty percent of the people in the Western Hemisphere’s poorest country live on less than $2 per day. And yet we are turning these folks away?

There must be a better way. When U.S. restaurants close because there are no cooks and servers; when contractors can’t build houses and apartments because there are no laborers or craftsmen to be found; when we have to call out the National Guard to drive school buses; and by the way, who the heck is going to execute this massive infrastructure bill anyway? That is, if it ever makes it through the legislative gantlet.

The border fiasco suggests an obvious supply-and-demand solution, but there’s no accounting for the lack of imagination in Washington, where two plus two always equals zero. An orderly, humane immigration process is what everyone wants. It is what we need. But we haven’t found enough votes to get it done for more than 20 years.”

–Kathleen Parker, Washington Post