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Opinion A broken immigration plan

A migrant waves a U.S. flag as he walks north along a coastal highway just outside of Huixtla, Chiapas state, Mexico, on Oct. 25.
A migrant waves a U.S. flag as he walks north along a coastal highway just outside of Huixtla, Chiapas state, Mexico, on Oct. 25. (Marco Ugarte/AP)
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Regarding the Oct. 25 news article “Migrants ‘march for dignity’ ”:

The migrant march from southern Mexico to the United States is a predictable and understandable result of decades of policies that focus on deterrent strategies, enforcement tactics and border expulsions instead of fixing our broken and backlogged immigration system. Taxpayer money is spent on these shortsighted tactics instead of on much needed services and adjudications.

The Biden administration has relied on costly and harmful practices steeped in racism such as the mass incarceration of immigrants, the wrongful reliance on Title 42 to keep migrants out and the large-scale deportation of Haitians. Now, it is set to recommit to the “Remain in Mexico” policy, making it impossible for the system to function and preventing refugees from exercising their rights.

The U.S. immigration system isn’t “overwhelmed” because migrants are seeking asylum. Instead, it’s because policymakers insist on keeping their heads in the sand, refuse to accept migration as inevitable and beneficial, and have failed to overhaul our immigration system. It is well past time for this administration to refocus its resources and prioritize welcoming migrants with humanity and dignity.

Archi Pyati, Falls Church

The writer is chief executive of the
Tahirih Justice Center.

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