Balance Lost in Formulating Immigration Policy

February 19th, 2007

According to the New York Times, we have failed to properly balance immigrants’ human rights against get-tough immigration enforcement policies.  In particular, the article points to the overzealous tough policies in border enforcement, federal raids, local crackdowns, gutting of due process and increasing suspicion, backlogs and hate.  The editorial concludes:”Enforcement of laws cannot be ignored. Punish immigrants who enter illegally, make them pay back taxes and fines, restrict their ability to get work through deceit and false identities. But open a path to their full inclusion in the life of this country.

The alternative “the path of immigrant exploitation, of harassment without hope” will only repeat the ways the country has shamed itself at countless points in its history.”