A Culture of Unwelcome

Tammy Alexander reflects on U.S. Immigration laws for Third Way Cafe:

In the coming year, the Obama administration is planning to deport hundreds of Haitians from detention centers in the U.S. to jails in Haiti, where they risk contracting cholera. Several states are expected to debate Arizona-type legislation…

Many migrants today leave home in search of better economic opportunities. Though the international community has set standards for protecting refugees—those fleeing war or political persecution—there are no provisions for “economic migrants.” However, to a parent whose child is malnourished or dying from a preventable disease, the threat is no less real than a bullet or a bomb.

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