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We need to humanely deter people without visas and no realist claim to refugee status from crossing the border. This will not be cheap, easy, or rapid. But is i s necessary in order to turn the immigration issue into a question of how to recruit world talent.

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We don’t need to deter anyone. We need to ACCEPT them.

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We should accept genuine refugees. And the changes to make immigration merit bases should have some room for low skill workers, too. But we should humanely and cost effectively deter many who, admirable as it is, would have better life prospects in the US than in their country of origin.

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What is a non-genuine refugee? How to you “humanely” deter people desperate to get into this country? What’s “merit-based” to you...only the scientists and doctors?

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Yes, I am prepared to try to distinguish people whose governments are trying to kill or imprison them from people who could improve their life prospects by living and working in the US. And "merit" should include some relatively low skilled people, not just unlimited H1B visa types. I agree that how to do the deterrence humanely is not easy ane will probablby not be cheep.

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Why deter at all?

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Because if _I_ do not someone else will.

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This is an odd article, because in the first part you seem to be advocating for harsher punishments for migrants trying to cross the border to attain better living standards (the horror!) but then in the second part you examine all the complexities of immigration law and the migrants caught in its web without giving full due to the nefarious designs of the nativist GOP.

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I'm not seeing how you would come to the conclusion that the piece is advocating harsher punishments for migrants! It is advocating for legal avenues for them...And, yes, the nativist GOP is a huge problem. But this problem predates Trump.

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In the first part of your article you write quite dispassionately about mass human misery, and I really couldn't tell where you fell on the issue, especially when you mention the Biden admin's stance not penalizing people, as if that is a bad thing.

Obviously we may not see this the same way, but what is occurring at the border is obscene by any humanistic standpoint, and of course it is turned into kabuki theater by Nazis, the KKK, and the GOP. Sorry, I repeated myself twice.

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And post-dates Trump as well. And Biden, And . . . whomever or whatever. What some yokesters label/libel as "nativism" is simply a hard-wired human trait of favoring one thing over another. One might call it freedom of association. In this case, an open discussion on what might or might not be more or less beneficial for the ethnie to which the every one of the arguers belong. Shutting down such discussion(s) may result in more weibei (Beijing's notion of "societal harmony") but nothing more. This (non-GOP) immigrant considers US "nativism" a breath of fresh air. Even when, or especially when, I disagree with "the nativists."

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How nice for you that you think anti-immigrant nativism is a breath of fresh air. What entitlement! It's almost as if there has been a long history of conservative immigrants drawing up the ladder and spitting on other immigrants, migrants, and refugees. Miss me with your "what is nativism, really?" crap. I'm not the target audience for your disinformation, bro.

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