In temperatures nearing 100 degrees, the Baltimore Jews Protest Against ICE rally marched through the annual Artscape festival in midtown Baltimore on Sunday to protest current immigration policy on the national and local levels.
No one doubts that Donald Trump’s approach to immigration is two parts bombast, two parts cruelty and two parts fear. Other than a general antagonism to immigration, illegal or legal, from non-Nordic countries, he offers no serious or comprehensive plan to solve the real and continuing problems at our borders. Unfortunately, many Democrats have largely given up on any effort to do so either.
I think there should be a limit on immigration, but we shouldn’t restrict it to zero. I think we need to be smarter about its composition and prioritize people with skills that could help the economy.
America was conceived as a haven of refuge—Thomas Paine says so in Common Sense—for people fleeing from religious and political repression and violence all over the world. He said we would be an “asylum for mankind,” and he did not mean an insane asylum
“You just kind of show up to this office, almost like a doctor’s appointment, but you don’t know if at the end of the appointment you’re going to be able to go back to your family or if you’re going to go to prison.”