Refugee Resettlement Is Immoral

From my article today at National Review Online:  

Sure, welcoming refugees here makes us feel good. Newspapers run heart-warming stories of overcoming adversity; churches embrace the objects of their charity; politicians can wax nostalgic about their grandparents.

Cruz Immigration Plan: Imperfect, but Big Step in the Right Direction

Ted Cruz released a new, detailed immigration plan today. It's not everything I would want, in that he doesn't call for an actual reduction in overall legal immigration levels; he merely opposes any further increases in the current economic environment.But considering that he was, until recently, in favor of increased legal immigration, his plan is a huge improvement, and an important development.

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Catholic Bishops ❤ Paul Ryan on Immigration

Last week, the Center for Migration Studies hosted a day-long symposium in New York addressing a wide variety of immigration and refugee issues. (CMS is a Catholic think tank that generally promotes higher levels of immigration and looser enforcement.) The final speaker at the event was Kevin Appleby, the Catholic bishops' longtime point man on immigration policy. His comments to the largely like-minded crowd on Paul Ryan reinforce concerns about the immigration views of the new Speaker of the House. Here are some excerpts (emphasis added):

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Obama to Wannabe Illegals: Do as I Say, Not as I Do

In response the surge of Central Americans sneaking into Texas in the summer of 2014, the Obama administration launched an ad campaign in the sending countries earlier this year to stem the flow. The radio and TV spots assert that "there are no permits for the people trying to cross the border without papers" and promise "the immediate deportation of those trying to cross the border without documents."

The Results Are In: Obama Never Intended to Enforce Immigration Law

Using preliminary numbers, the Associated Press reports that deportations are down to the lowest level in nearly a decade. As you can see from the graphic, deportations (or, strictly speaking, removals attributed to ICE rather than to the Border Patrol) grew significantly under Bush (as they had under Clinton), initially plateaued under Obama, and are now collapsing.

Euphemism du Jour: "Spontaneous Arrivals"

An indication of the unpopularity of the anti-borders position is the ubiquity of euphemism. Immigration being an Up vs. Down issue, rather than the conventional Right vs. Left, anti-borders elites have to use their cultural sway to transform even the utterance of certain ungood words into crimethink.

Wanted: Terrific, Classy Foreign Workers; Americans Need Not Apply

The CBS affiliate in Miami reports that Donald Trump's Mar-A-Lago estate & resort in Palm Beach has requested hundreds of foreign worker visas for jobs such as cooks, waitresses, and housekeepers. This would appear to conflict with his boast that "I will be the greatest jobs president that God ever created," and with the assertion in his immigration policy paper that "we need companies to hire from the domestic pool of unemployed."