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Howard Husock interviews four remarkable leaders of nonprofit groups who were recently honored as part of Manhattan Institute’s Civil Society Awards and Civil Society Fellows Program.

Manhattan Institute and City Journal have long sought to support and encourage civil-society organizations and leaders who, with the help of volunteers and private philanthropy, do so much to help communities address serious social problems. In this edition of the 10 Blocks podcast, Husock speaks with:

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The American Revolution was not just about battles, international politics, and the men who willed the nation into being. It was also about the changes occurring in society that took men and women from observers in the political system to active participants. This was a period of intense strife among the civilian population. Those who […]

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Turkey has been adamant about preventing the Kurds controlling a contiguous area immediately South of its border with Syria. To that end, it entered Syria and has recently expanded the zone it controls directly (turquoise, labeled Afrin) and perhaps also indirectly (light green, labeled Idlib) in Syria’s North West:

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So I read this book, The City On The Heights. Without edging too far into spoiler territory, it’s a work of alternative (recent) history which starts in Mosul and ends in the Golan Heights. It is written from a number of points of view – including a Jihadi’s . What was remarkable was that it’s […]

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Refugees come to the United States through several legal channels, and this post will focus on only the Refugee Resettlement Program. The Refugee Resettlement Program has its own issues, and is a high-profile element of our immigration policy. We have discussed this before at Ricochet, and it is time for an update. I am posting here to provide some background on Refugee Resettlement, to specifically discuss refugees from Syria, to comment on the program under the Obama Administration, and to document that @JamesOfEngland owes me a beer the next time we cross paths at a meetup.

The Refugee Resettlement Program brought 572,924 refugees to the United States during the Obama Administration (Feb 2, 2009 through Feb 1, 2017). In recent discussions, religion was an issue, so here are some highlights:

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I am guessing that most of us read Breitbart daily, but in case you don’t, or haven’t today… This story probably elicits the same thought for every Ricochet member: Fatal Shootings in Sweden Double in Nine Years More

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. A Further Qualified Defense of the Ninth Circuit Attack on Trump’s Executive Immigration Order

 

My recent post on Ricochet took the position that the Ninth Circuit was correct when it set aside Trump’s controversial executive orders on legal permanent aliens and refugees and asked the Trump administration to reexamine the result. Most people in dealing with this order claim that it went too far because it did not accept the President’s position that the order was wholly unreviewable, regardless of its content, which was viewed as self-evidently correct by some and wholly outside the bounds of decency by others. Indeed, many of the comments on Ricochet took the former position by arguing that Presidents should follow the lead of Andrew Jackson and tell the Court to enforce its own order. But it is, as other readers noted, a wild overreaction to a particular dispute to throw out a set of institutional arrangements that have by and large served the United States well for over 200 years.

I put these grander objections aside, therefore, to look at two more fine-grained challenges. I start by noting that in making this decision, the Ninth Circuit was right to avoid grappling on a thin record with claims that both the Establishment and Free Exercise Clause applied to the particular case. That analysis would have been a major transformation of American law that could quite literally upset established practices on allocating scarce immigration slots on the basis of national origin. It also allowed the Court to side step the very tricky question of the extent to which alien claims generated some positive right to become an immigrant. I regard these claims when stated in their general form to be wholly unsupportable. In general, the power of every nation to protect its own borders means that no outsider has a categorical right to enter this country but must allowed to apply before entry.

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The Wall Street Journal today published an editorial, “Trump’s Judicial Debacle,” which takes a divided position on President Trump’s notorious Executive Order that has three key components. It first attacks the entire process as a political debacle and social disaster, which it surely is. But as a rear guard action it thereafter attacks the unanimous opinion of a panel in the Ninth Circuit that shut out the government on appeal. It opines that some genuine risks arise whenever courts trench on the legitimate powers of the Executive and thereby upset the delicate balance of power among the three branches of government.

The Journal is clearly correct on the first point: the order is indeed a form of immigration insanity. On balance, it is wrong on the second. To set the stage it is useful to summarize the three key provisions of the Executive Order.

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Greg Corombos of Radio America and David French of National Review discuss President Trump’s orders seeking to reduce federal regulations. They also say Trump is on the right track with his refugee policy but did not implement it well, and they unload on the hysterical left-wing reaction to the policy. And they practice their shocked faces as Iran defies the United Nations and tests a ballistic missile – the ones that carry nuclear warheads.

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Senator Maggie Hassan of New Hampshire thinks that prioritizing refugees who are fleeing religious persecution is “counter to American Values” and “makes us less safe.” Ok, that’s probably not what she thought she was saying.

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Richard Epstein explains why both the legal and policy complexities of immigration make the issue more difficult to tackle than most pundits imagine.

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We used to be warriors. We used to make things, and break things, and fight for our lives. We used to have farms here, the people were quiet but proud and never asked anything of anyone. They took pride in the type of honesty that never really got you anywhere fancy but made sure you ended up right. But that was a long time ago.

Last week, the Swedish Prime Minister, Stefan Löfven, was interviewed in the Financial Times and the old union-boss-turned-Social-Democrat-powerhouse used this international platform to complain about the Swedish voters and what he sees as their “surreal outlook” on government finances. “All the numbers are going in the right direction,” Löfven said, and went on to say that he couldn’t fathom why everyone is obsessed with immigration when the Swedish economy is strong and immigration is far from the cataclysm we saw a few months ago.

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shutterstock_319837088In 1956, Charles Tiebout published a famous paper that hypothesized that when faced with an inefficient government, people would “vote with their feet” and move to another jurisdiction. While he applied his model to local governments, we can think of this happening across national borders as well. This can provide us with some insights about the current refugee crisis.

ISIS views itself essentially as a government and has been at work establishing geographic boundaries. This government is clearly coercive and millions of people are “voting with their feet” by fleeing ISIS-controlled territory and territory that ISIS may control at some point. The fact that a vast number of people have fled indicates that either ISIS wants them to leave or it is ineffective in containing its population.

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When I first learned of PEGIDA, it was explained to me the organization had deplorable roots. Even so, an explosion of racism seemed a weak explanation for the group’s popularity. The more likely scenario was that the most organized and assertive communicators of common grievances would be cheered by kind and reasonable citizens even if […]

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Russian bombing is prompting a mass exodus of terrified Syrians from Aleppo to the Turkish border. Credible estimates suggest 70,000 have fled; they’re the lucky ones: Those who remain are apt to be starved to death. The Syrian army and allied militias, including Iranian militias, will soon cut rebel-held zones of Aleppo off from Turkish supply lines. Russian airstrikes have been hitting villages north of Aleppo on the road to Turkey. Aleppo is on the verge of encirclement, which means hundreds of thousands of souls will be unable to escape. What we’re about to watch live, if we wish to, will probably be the largest siege since the Second World War.

The news that the Syrian government is exterminating detainees is on the front page of The New York Times today. You can read the details here. At some point the world will issue a teary apology to Syrians and there will be memorials to the Syrians and lots of children will hear about the terrible first half of the 21st century, and everyone will ask how this could have happened. If anyone ever says, “We didn’t know what was happening to them,” tell them: Shut up. We did.

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Immigration is a hotly-debated topic at the moment, to say the least. I thought it might be worthwhile to discuss the Canadian approach, because I think it has been quite successful and there is less tension around the topic than in many places. The 30k foot view is that Canada accepts a lot of immigrants–21% […]

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These are impoverished people, who’ve had everything taken from them but the clothes on their backs, desperate for a safe haven to protect them from imminent harm. Right? For the answer, I give you Canada’s Minister of Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship: More

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In the election campaign rush to appear ever-more “compassionate” and “caring” than the other guy, politicians made huge promises about how many refugees they would “accept” if only they were in charge. The winner promised 25,000 Syrian refugees before the end of 2015. More

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Here are the categories of people who will be accepted as refugees: Women Children Gay Men All unmarried heterosexual men aged 18 and over will be excluded, including elderly widowers or orphans who’ve had their entire families murdered by ISIS. More

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