Thank you, enduser. And thanks again to all who are engaging here.
Yes, I think transparency is worth fighting for, and it’s something that conservatives can get on board with, too. In addition to monitoring court proceedings, and maybe an audit of USCIS, maybe we can argue to let the press into the detention centers on the border.
I’ve been thinking about the helping people find places to live and work issue, too. I saw a while back, I think it was on PBS Newshour, an interview with a spokesperson for a religious organization that does just that. She said that there are a bunch of religious organization around the country doing this sort of work, and that when the government gets more involved, it just gets in the way and makes their work more difficult. Her argument was that the government should get less involved so that these organizations can do the work.
In that vein, I’ve been thinking that maybe a more fruitful approach would be to focus on repealing law, rather than creating more, and reigning in governmental control over the process. I remember when I first started researching this I watched a video for law students who are intending to work in immigration, and they opened with a list of about twenty federal agencies with which such a lawyer would communicate.
I would also like to see some sort of clarification that a Muslim ban is unconstitutional. I like that the president has the authority, thanks to a law signed in by Jimmy Carter, to declare a refugee emergency and bring a whole bunch of people in beyond the national quota limits (which I would also like to repeal), and help them settle around the country.
I don’t know. Maybe I’m unrealistic about the situation in the beltway, but I figure there are still a bunch of reasonable small government folks out there who don’t hate immigrants, who believe in the US as a land of opportunity, and who are willing to mobilize for reform.
Maybe we can come up with a bullet point list of five or six priorities that we can send to our representatives and candidates? Any thoughts?