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Progressive Immigration Vision | TOME


When it comes to climate policy, health care, and workers’ rights, there are clear progressive North Stars. However, when it comes to immigration policy, the progressive vision is not as obvious. In a recent podcast interview with John Washington, author of “The Case for Open Borders,” the topic of immigration policy and its progressive stance was discussed.

The interview highlighted two opposing views on immigration. On one hand, there is the idea that immigration needs to be restricted for the benefit of domestic workers. This used to be the AFL-CIO’s position but is no longer. On the other hand, there are those who argue that borders are a relic of nationalism and that human flourishing requires universal freedom to migrate. Washington’s book delves into this provocative topic and challenges readers to think about the issue from different perspectives.

In a recent episode of “Counter Points,” Rep. Greg Casar of Texas, who is associated with the Squad, was interviewed about the ongoing congressional debate on immigration policy. When asked about the progressive vision for immigration, Casar acknowledged that there isn’t a clear consensus but outlined some key points:

1. Create a pathway to citizenship for undocumented individuals to end a two-tier society.
2. Expand legal pathways to citizenship to address border chaos and weaken cartels.
3. End American policies that destabilize foreign countries, leading to mass migration.
4. Expand work visas to allow temporary labor without the need for permanent relocation.
5. Allocate more resources to the asylum system to effectively manage cases.

These points capture the complexity of the issue and the need for comprehensive immigration reform. However, it is important to note that this is not a definitive progressive consensus.

The interview also touched on tomorrow’s election in Pakistan. While the State Department has largely ignored reports of electoral abuse, members of Congress from both parties have been raising concerns. Rep. Casar, along with other representatives, has expressed worries about human rights abuses and has even warned the Pakistan ambassador about potential aid cuts.

In a recent article on The Intercept, eight of the most flagrant violations in the Pakistani election were highlighted. The story sheds light on the extent of the abuses and calls for attention to the issue.

Rep. Casar’s concerns about American hypocrisy in Pakistani democracy have led him to directly communicate with the State Department. He has also warned the Pakistan ambassador about the possibility of aid cuts due to human rights abuses.

In conclusion, the progressive vision for immigration is not as clear-cut as it is for other policy areas. The interview with John Washington and the insights from Rep. Casar shed light on the complexities of the issue and the need for comprehensive reform. Additionally, the article highlights the ongoing concerns about the Pakistani election and the need for attention to human rights abuses.

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