Perhaps the president missed the "global" aspect of this UN initiative.
Barring a last-minute decision to change course, the United States is expected to officially endorse the UN's Global Compact on Refugees later this year in Geneva, even though it withdrew last year from the related Global Compact for Migration as "not compatible with U.S. sovereignty."
The announced ceiling is guided by two priorities: improving the screening and vetting of refugees and reducing the untenable asylum backlog. These cannot be achieved without decreasing the number of refugee admissions.
What should the refugee admissions ceiling be for FY 2019? It depends on how we answer three questions: What is the purpose of resettlement? Is resettlement a conscience alleviator? And, is resettlement safe?
Judge Andrew Hanen issued an Interlocutory Appeal Order Friday in the latest iteration of Texas v. U.S. While he had found DACA likely violates the Administrative Procedures Act, he declined to issue a preliminary injunction, but certified his decision for review by the Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.
How responsible is immigration policy for Mollie Tibbetts's murder?
The chief culprit, obviously, is the murderer himself, Mexican illegal alien Cristhian Rivera (if that's even his real name). But immigration control is one of the elemental responsibilities of the national government, and it failed in this case. As Senator Tom Cotton put it: "Mollie would be alive if our government had taken immigration enforcement seriously years ago."
Recent arrest in California of an Iraqi ISIS member shows the importance of security checks
Last week's arrest in California of an Iraqi refugee accused of being a member of ISIS is yet another sad example of the need to keep improving the vetting system of refugees resettled in the United States. Despite claims by the Obama administration that refugees were subject to the highest level of security checks of any category of traveler to the United States, reality, as this case demonstrates, is different.