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The Problem with U.S. Immigration Policy
America is better than its absurdly contradictory immigration policy



The Trump administration’s decision to end Temporary Protected Status for natural-disaster refugees from El Salvador, first granted in the wake of two devastating earthquakes in 2001 and routinely extended since then, is a perfect example of what is wrong with U.S. immigration policy.

It comes at a time when everybody is talking about immigration. The Democrats are demanding action on DACA, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program initiated by President Obama. President Trump says he’s okay with DACA, so long as Congress funds his border wall and agrees to end “chain migration” and lottery visas. The Senate’s “Gang of Eight” continues to push for comprehensive reform.

Meanwhile, the 200,000 Salvadoran refugees who were granted U.S. Temporary Protected Status—some of whom have been living in the U.S. for nearly a generation—are being thrown under the bus.



Alvaro Vargas Llosa is Senior Fellow at The Center on Global Prosperity at the Independent Institute. He is a native of Peru and received his B.Sc. in international history from the London School of Economics. His Independent Institute books include Global Crossings: Immigration, Civilization, and America, Lessons From the Poor: Triumph of the Entrepreneurial Spirit, The Che Guevara Myth and the Future of Liberty, and Liberty for Latin America.


From Alvaro Vargas Llosa
GLOBAL CROSSINGS: Immigration, Civilization, and America
The erosion of national boundaries—and even the idea of the nation state—is already underway as people become ever more inter-connected across borders. A jungle of myth, falsehood and misrepresentation dominates the debate over immigration. The reality is that the economic contributions of immigration far outweigh the costs.







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