As U.S. Admits Migrants in a Trickle, Critics Urge Obama to Pick Up the Pace – The New York Times

“WASHINGTON — President Obama invited a Syrian refugee to this year’s State of the Union address, and he has spoken passionately about embracing refugees as a core American value.But nearly eight months into an effort to resettle 10,000 Syrian refugees in the United States, Mr. Obama’s administration has admitted just over 2,500. And as his administration prepares for a new round of deportations of Central Americans, including many women and children pleading for humanitarian protection, the president is facing intense criticism from allies in Congress and advocacy groups about his administration’s treatment of migrants.

They say Mr. Obama’s lofty message about the need to welcome those who come to the United States seeking protection has not been matched by action. And they warn that the president, who will host a summit meeting on refugees in September during the United Nations General Assembly session, risks undercutting his influence on the issue at a time when American leadership is needed to counteract a backlash against refugees.

“Given that we’ve resettled so few refugees and we’re employing a deterrence strategy to refugees on our Southern border, I wouldn’t think we’d be giving advice to any other nations about doing better,” said Kevin Appleby, the senior director of international migration policy at the Center for Migration Studies of New York.”

Source: As U.S. Admits Migrants in a Trickle, Critics Urge Obama to Pick Up the Pace – The New York Times


“The Syrian situation is the most pressing humanitarian crisis of our time,” Mr. Durbin said in an interview,….” Possibly true. But climate change, the sixth extinction, and the global explosion of human population growth are the most pressing issues of our time, even as most politicians are afraid to even mention that over population is an issue.

The planet has gone from 2 to 7 billion humans in about 100 years. Our planet is starting to die. Some one in Washington should start mentioning that any immigration policy should be linked to family planning and population control. I support engagement in the world, and humanitarian efforts. It would be wonderful to take care of all the refugees in the world. But my thought is that what makes most sense for our country, is to contain populations, while trying to reduce misery and suffering.

It is not any country’s responsibility to take the excess population of another when population growth is the elephant in the room. Such thinking does lead me to probably support such serious interventions as a no fly zone in northern Syria. In dealing with the drug cartels of South America, legalizing all addictive substances, or at least, decriminalizing them, would help make those places safe for their own people to live in.