Editorial roundup


The (Toledo) Blade, Sept. 25

The Obama Administration’s announcement that the United States will accept 10,000 more of the 4 million-plus Syrians who have fled civil war and brutal dictatorship in their country has predictably been met here with nativist sentiment, supported by craven politicians but not by reality.

The refugee crisis offers the United States the opportunity not just to provide a home to displaced civilians, but also to advance its economic interests …

The United States will increase the number of refugees it accepts overall to 100,000 – less than one one-thousandth of the nation’s population – by 2017, up from 70,000 today. That’s a small gesture toward helping to absorb the millions of people who are fleeing religious violence and ethnic cleansing in Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, and elsewhere.

It’s the least the Obama Administration could do, given the scale of the problem – which has been called the world’s greatest refugee crisis since World War II – and the commitments of other Western countries …

It’s unlikely that a surge of immigration even larger than what the United States has committed to would harm the nation’s economy. If earlier waves of refugees, such as Jewish immigration in the 20th century, are any indicator, immigrants who are eager to prove themselves and contribute to the economy create more value than they take …

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