We need immigrants and this is good news

From the NYT: “Overall, 2021 will go down as the year with the slowest population growth in U.S. history.

“New census data shows why: Both components of growth — gains from immigration, and the number of births in excess of the number of deaths — have fallen sharply in recent years. In 2021, the rate of population growth fell to an unprecedented 0.1 percent.

“Yet within these sluggish figures a new pattern is emerging. Immigration, even at reduced levels, is for the first time making up a majority of population growth.

In part this is because Americans are dying at higher rates and having fewer babies, trends accelerated during the coronavirus pandemic. But it’s also because there are signs that immigration is picking up again.”

The Real Courts, Rule of Law Act of 2022

The law’s title imples that the current immigration courts aren’t real courts. Quite so. I do have one quibble. The proposed bill calls for the Appellate Division to be appointed by the President with the advice and consent of the Senate and for the trial level judges to appointed by the Appellate Division. It would be better (and less likely to lead to future conflict) to have all of the judges appointed by the Courts Of Appeal (as is the case with bankruptcy judges). In any case, independent immigration courts are a much needed reform.

On February 3, 2022, Representatives Lofgren (D-CA), Nadler (D-NY), and Johnson (D-GA) introduced the Real Courts, Rule of Law Act of 2022. AILA welcomed the bill's introduction and has long advocated for an Article I, independent immigration court system. Learn more on this featured issue page.

This will take years to sort out

Since the Taliban regained control of Afghanistan in August, the United States has evacuated more than 75,000 Afghans through Operation Allies Welcome. Roughly 23,000 evacuees remain on six military bases across the U.S., but more than 50,000 have been placed in local communities. After a tumultuous journey, these refugees are now tasked with rebuilding lives in a new country. Amna Nawaz reports.

How could anyone be divided on this?

It has nothing to do with public health and everything to do with keeping people out. Biden, like Obama before him, is taking the “moderate” position in order to reach out to voters who will never vote for him.

Infighting between those who support tougher enforcement and those who favor expanding access to the asylum system has hindered the administration's border policy, officials told CBS News.