There’s a lot to say on immigration but one quick thing:
Don’t forget how dirty the GOP’s hands are on the these issues. Don’t forget how far the GOP has shifted the goal posts. Don’t forget how much xenophobia and racism the GOP has exploited. Don’t forget how the GOP has dealt in bad faith with these and other issues.
For example, goal post shifting: Initially, during the Reagan era, the GOP was opposed to illegal immigration, but was not overtly opposed to legal immigration. Over the years more and more general anti-immigrant sentiment came to the fore, with GOP desire to restrict legal immigration being a major sticking point in 2017-18 (it basically derailed DACA reform). Now, the GOP is vehemently attacking a third and different group of immigrants: refugees/asylum seekers.
In reality, people who are in the US illegally, legal immigrants, and refugees are all very distinct groups, not a monolithic force. The GOP is now basically going after immigrants of all types, and that’s a fundamental goal-post shift from a couple of decades back.
And that kind of goal post moving tells you there is a huge element of bad faith in the GOP approach to this discussion.
So, for example, we could get into the weeds on the technicalities of our asylum rules (which are in fact pretty weird). But I feel like the GOP has unclean hands here so I refuse to accept their frame on this issue.
In theory, if we had a healthy political discourse and the GOP was a party acting in democratic good faith, we could discuss reforming our asylum rules. But in practicality, they are just pulling stuff out of their ass to attack and and all immigrants on any basis, so you know what?
I refuse to play that game.’
I simply reject the entire GOP focus on the caravan or on refugees or on Dreamers or legal immigrants etc. When they are willing to reject their xenophobia and come to the table in good faith to discuss truly comprehensive immigration reform, then we can talk.
Until then, I am not going to litigate against myself on the issue of asylum, even though our asylum rules are in fact a messy kludge with some internal contradictions.
Legality Note: There’s a legal concept of “unclean hands” or “estoppel” which I think can be applied to a lot of things, and this is one of them.