Would it be a good thing to allow every willing person in the world to migrate to the United States? Maybe, maybe not, depending on your view. The chaos, cost and confusion would be overwhelming, knowing that close to 1 billion people from around the world would respond positively to that invitation today.
The U.S. has historically been the most generous and welcoming country in the world, but there are logical limits to our generosity. So, order, capability and compassion need a formula similar to a MASH unit exercising triage in dealing with the most needy first. That involves discernment and wisdom. In the immigration process, law, rules and regulation, combined with compromise, end up being “The best thing.”
Form the lines at a new, effective barrier, create additional new points of entrance, appoint more justices at those points, and increase agents to patrol orderly entrance. In doing so, we could help lower sex trafficking and illegal drugs, and reduce hazardous pilgrimages by many incentivized individuals and families. And along with that, we need comprehensive immigration reform and a workable plan for DACA recipients.
Let us continue to be generous in helping others while safeguarding our country’s citizens. Hawkeye and Radar would be pleased with the compromise.