President Trump’s response to the terror attack in New York misunderstood our current immigration policy and the way that terrorists enter the US, infers Ryan Teague Beckwith of Time. First off, he unfairly blamed Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer for having introduced the green card lottery. Schumer, in fact, sought to undo this policy in 2013 with a bipartisan bill that ended up being blocked by the GOP. Even more importantly, several reviews of the green card lottery found that it in no way facilitated terrorists entering the US. Illegal avenues into the country are far more convenient. Trump’s new stance on immigration is wrong.
Our immigration system is in dire need of reform in order to prevent further terror attacks from happening, holds Andrew C. McCarthy of National Review. Trump is right about introducing extreme vetting, but the method of screening immigrants should consider the extremity of their ideologies. Islamic radicalism is reportedly a huge cause of terrorism in Europe and the US. Far from simply banning Muslims, the US needs to root out extremists, which spread the kind of fervor and hate that lead to tragedies. Ensuring that these newcomers are properly assimilated, rather than encouraging diversity, is the best path to safety.