- Not Clearly Pro or Con to the question "Should the Government Allow Immigrants Who Are Here Illegally to Become US Citizens?"
“Immigration authorities need to do better. One prerequisite is that families in the US have adequate access to legal representation. Better yet, the US should do more to keep those seeking protection from making a risky journey north. Secretary of State John Kerry’s announcement Wednesday that the US would work with the United Nations to process asylum claims in Central American countries will help. The US also needs to accelerate its in-country processing, which has been pathetically slow. Its campaigns to inform Central Americans about US immigration laws and policies have also been spotty and untested.
None of these efforts precludes the stronger enforcement of the law in the U.S. The New Year’s weekend raids targeted 121 adults and children that an immigration judge had already ordered removed from the US As harsh as those measures may be, they are consistent with the law and send a strong deterrent signal. Despite the outcry, backing off now would reinforce the misperceptions in Central America that helped create this problem – and undermine public support for legal immigration in the US.”
“Obama’s Deportation Raids Are Ugly–and Right,” bloombergview.com, Jan. 14, 2016
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