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Your Call: Principles for humanitarian immigration policies

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Women and children among Syrian refugees striking at the platform of Budapest Keleti railway station


We continue our weeklong immigration series by talking about what a fair and humane immigration policy would look like.

By the end of 2015, a record 65.3 million people were forcibly displaced worldwide. An estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants live in the United States. Last year, nearly 85,000 refugees were resettled in the country. Immigrants and communities are struggling with fear over the consequences of being detained, jailed, and deported. What would a humane immigration system look like?


Bill Ong Hing, professor of law at the University of San Francisco, professor of law emeritus, UC Davis, and author of Ethical Borders—NAFTA, Globalization and Mexican Migration and Deporting Our Souls—Values, Morality, and Immigration Policy

Catherine Tactaquin, executive director and co-founder of the National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights

Web Resources:

Unitarian Universalist Association: Principles of humane immigration reform

Harvard Humanitarian Initiative: Statement on Immigration & Refugee Executive Order

National Immigration Law Center

The UN Refugee Agency: Global Trends, Forced Displacement in 2015

The UN Refugee Agency: US Resettlement Facts

American Friends Service Committee: Immigrant rights

The Atlantic: Fleeing by the Millions: Migration Crises Around the World

The Washington Post: RAISING BARRIERS

Time: See Every Executive Order Donald Trump Has Signed Since Becoming President

Rose Aguilar has been the host of Your Call since 2006. She became a regular media roundtable guest in 2001. In 2019, the San Francisco Press Club named Your Call the best public affairs program. In 2017, The Nation named it the most valuable local radio show.