My colleague Dan Cadman wrote recently on why the United States should not grant Temporary Protected Status (TPS) to those in the U.S. from Venezuela.
While both of us recognize the hardships Venezuela's people are suffering, and hail them for voting with their feet against the incompetent dictatorship in that country, TPS is not, as Cadman points out, good for this country.
But let's step back and look at the regional history for a moment, and think about another factor.
Let's look at Cuba, a staunch ally of Maduro, and what happened when we opened our doors — more or less — to the Cuban refugees.
Although it was useful for the individual departing Cubans, the revolutionary energy needed to overthrow Castro soon settled down in Miami, taking pressure off the regime in Havana and keeping it off for decades.
It is perhaps hard-hearted to think along these lines, but successful revolutions are rarely pulled off by people who are not there.