Immigration policy’s weakness illustrated



May 22, 2018 - 11:00 PM

This is the undocumented immigrant our nation should welcome: the Lawrence chemist whom immigration officials attempted to deport this year, much to the dismay of his family, neighbors and even strangers who came to know the story of Syed Jamal.

This immigrant’s presence should be questioned: a man who was deported multiple times and who kept reentering the country. He now stands accused of randomly shooting two people in Kansas City’s Northland, and he has emerged as the possible culprit in the shooting death of tattoo artist Russell Fisk.

Understanding the difference is key to improving immigration policy and enforcement of immigration laws. But our current immigration debate is muddied by offensive words such as those used by President Donald Trump when he spoke of some undocumented immigrants saying, “these aren’t people, they are animals.”

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