That was quick.
Last week, I outlined a plan for the president to clamp down on refugees and other immigration problems, notwithstanding the hamstringing by the courts. Now it appears that the administration is so obsequious to the courts that it will actually increase the number of refugees, rewarding the lower courts (which are below the executive and legislative branches, not above) with gratuitous over-deference.
Just before the Memorial Day weekend, the New York Times reported that the State Department plans to lift the cap on refugees, which could result in a spike in refugee intake – “from about 830 people a week in the first three weeks of this month to well over 1,500 people per week by next month.” Particularly jarring are the reports that refugee resettlement contractors are now anticipating an intake of as many as 70,000 refugees for this year. We’ve “only” brought in about 15,000 since the inauguration and about 45,000 since last October (beginning of the fiscal year). For State to reach the 70,000 number by October would mean a surge in refugees for the remaining four months of the year. There is simply no reason for this act of capitulation.
Even if you agree to the erroneous premise that the other branches of government must accede to the demands of lower courts, especially on issues pertaining to sovereignty and national security, there is no reason for the Trump administration to actively bring in more refugees.