Equal justice before the law. Except on immigration.
Fundamental fairness of opportunity. Except on immigration.
An expectation that government will provide for the physical security of its citizens. Except on immigration.
The deep thinkers at the helms of both political parties have carved out an American values exemption for immigration policy whereby laws unpopular among certain constituencies can be arbitrarily ignored, cheaters are rewarded at the expense honest rule-abiders, and predators are knowingly released to pillage the peaceful.
Considerate governance requires a framework firmly rooted in first principles. Our immigration system is a hot mess because we have drifted from those principles.
Per “The New Colossus”, Emma Lazarus’ poem etched into the Statue of Liberty, we want the “huddled masses yearning to breathe free.”
And we do. But that necessarily means we know the intentions of those who seek admittance.
Our immigration system cannot be compassionate if it is disconnected from the competent administration of laws consistent with American values.