In Praise of Mark Krikorian’s Honesty: Let the Child Migrants Die

Even as political leaders debate whom to blame for the surge of child migrants at the border, most agree on one goal: deporting the children as quickly as possible. Yet few advocates of their speedy removal are willing to state on the record that the children’s death is a strong possibility. When Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz voiced the danger out loud, many attacked her as contradicting Obama’s “detain and deport“ policy.  

Mark Krikorian, Executive Director of the highly conservative Center for Immigration Studies, has no problem acknowledging the risk of death. As he stated in a recent radio interview, the fact that one person loses his life after removal does not force the conclusion that others like him should be permitted to stay. Krikorian is not my ideological role model. But I salute his recognizing the consequences of his policy preferences. Krikorian wants the United States to deport people even when it amounts to a death sentence, and is willing to say so on the air.

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