The text of the funding bill was released last night/this morning, and lawmakers are expected to vote on the 1,169-page measure as early as this evening. The bill is disappointing in many respects, but if it had been as advertised earlier, it might have been tolerable.
A new report from the OECD and EU shows that the notion that all immigrants and refugees easily integrate into their host countries and live happily ever after is an illusion. Failed integration is real, and resentment is around the corner; hence the need for immigration policies that prioritize integration measures.
I had never, over a period of half a dozen years watching these cases, encountered a genuine case of citizen abuse of an alien spouse (which is not to say that it does not happen), but a bizarre instance of it has come to my attention and I feel an obligation to report it.
Border Patrol agents are expected by their critics to overcome the damage that was done to these children during the many weeks of their travel, as often as not accompanied by parents and as a part of a smuggling load in the care of an indifferent coyote whose interest is in speed and not being detected. Where is the parental responsibility for this state of affairs?
What a border barrier (whatever it's called) does is block people out. Not all people all the time. But many. Tens of thousands. And if a wall does that, many of the other dysfunctions begin to ameliorate, buying the system time to heal itself.