Comment: President Trump's Two Executive Orders

In today's issue of Immigration Daily, we carry the text of President Trump's first two executive orders on immigration, an article by Bernie Wolfsdorf providing a quick summary and an apropos comment by Stephen Yale-Loehr sent to us before the text of the executive orders was published:

Rumors are flying that President Trump may impose a temporary ban on most refugees and a suspension of visas for citizens of Syria and six other Middle Eastern and African countries. The executive orders may happen as soon as tomorrow.

Such executive orders would be a terrible idea, for several reasons. First, a ban on refugees would not make America safer. Refugees from Syria already go through a 21-step screening process that takes 18-24 months. The head of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services told Congress in September 2016 that not a single act of actual terrorist violence has been a committed by a refugee since 9/11.

Second, countries benefit economically from refugees because they fill gaps in the labor market and have a dynamic impact on investment and productivity growth.

Third, such executive orders would send the wrong message to the world. We are in the middle of the largest refugee crisis since World War II. Closing our doors to others would only fuel anti-American feelings.

Ben Franklin once wrote that “they that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.” Those words are just as true today as 200 years ago.

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