New Immigration Policy

Yesterday, I came across this interesting op-ed in the New York Times written by Dowell Myers, a professor in the Price School of Public Policy at the University of Southern California. Myers writes about reforming the immigration policy and the importance of accepting migrants and their children in our society.

Here is an excerpt from his op-ed:

The immigration crisis that has roiled American politics for decades has faded into history. Illegal immigration is shrinking to a trickle, if that, and will likely never return to the peak levels of 2000. Just as important, immigrants who arrived in the 1990s and settled here are assimilating in remarkable and unexpected ways.

Taken together, these developments, and the demographic future they foreshadow, require bold changes in our approach to both legal and illegal immigration. Put simply, we must shift from an immigration policy, with its emphasis on keeping newcomers out, to an immigrant policy, with an emphasis on encouraging migrants and their children to integrate into our social fabric. “Show me your papers” should be replaced with “Welcome to English class.”

You can read the whole op-ed here.





8 Responses to “New Immigration Policy”

  1. Mary says:

    Professor, we do welcome immigrants. Most of us are once-immigrants. What we do not welcome are more votes for the Democrats whose atrocious policies on human rights are more about the right to be sterilized and aborted than the right to be born and live a long life.

    “Welcome to English class” strikes me as a naive throwback to the days when coming to America was about immigrants encouraged by public policy to melt into the great American pot. Today’s class would more likely be “welcome to reproductive health clinics.” While the political elites would have you believe it’s about having compassion for the tired, weak and poor, it is really about demographics, votes and population control.

  2. easternshore va says:

    Mary: AMEN!

  3. DHennessy says:

    This Op-Ed is either fantasy or more left wing political pablum coached in the careful sensitive language of Socialist Academia. The hope of the left is that the day of US economic preeminence is over and the reasoning continues that therefore people will stop coming here. The US will remain the target of people from economically challenged neighboring nations for a long time to come. They have no other choice and who can blame them.

    What the professor and his comrades refuse to face is the valid prerogative of a sovereign nation to protect it’s borders and enforce it’s law.

    America is the most generous and welcoming nation in the world.Any examination of our history reveals that. This is another example of thinly veneered Democrat election year talking points disguised as yet another thoughtful redirection.

    Your Excellency,I am surprised that you would recommend an Op-Ed that so clearly has a partisan purpose.

  4. Carolyn Bostic says:

    Archbishop Dolan, thank you for your concern for the immigrants. I am proud to welcome anyone who enters our borders legally and is willing to work and work hard for his/her future even if said immigrant decides, as a naturalized citizen, to vote Republican. Laypeople need to be reminded that Catholicism is not a one-issue faith but social justice must encompass many needs from the womb to the tomb.

  5. AndyP/Doria2 says:

    And we are losing these new young American Catholics to the Protestant Fundamentalists in droves. I see it all around me.

  6. Mikaela says:

    Hello Archbishop!!

    A few years ago when you were still in Milwaukee’s archdiocese, I met you at your last confirmation ceremony at St. Lucy’s Parish in Racine. I must have looked nervous when I came up to be anointed, and when you asked me my saint, you told me her story. My saint is Maria Goretti. You told me that I should go to her shrine one day if I could. I fancied that idea for a long while. Now I just want to say, I have the chance to do that now!

    I will be studying abroad in Florence, Italy, for the semester. Your impression on me to visit St. Maria Goretti’s site was one of the finalizing reasons I settled on study in Italy. I still don’t know exactly how I’m going to get to Nettuno, Italy (if you have any suggestions, I’m willing to hear!), but I will find a way. Miss you in Wisconsin! Love and thank you.


  7. maryhitz says:

    It seems to me that social justice is not in the bible nor in our constitution. Charity is. All illegal immigration who have commited NO crime should be given a work card, no benifits,and sent to the end of the line with those who wait in line legally. The greatest gift given to my parents who came here legally was to vote. This right should not be given to those who are breaking our laws. But no one should get anything until our borders are closed. Goverment (our taxes) should not support then only charities. This is so the Dem. party can not buy their votes. NOTE: Not many churches in CA are reading Popes letter. WHY?

  8. Dear Archbishop, I am so pround that you are taking the side of the immirgrants in this issure. I am a Sister of Jesus Our Hope and I am thrilled that you are taking their side. Know that I will be praying for you as you help these immigrants. God Bless this work of yours!