The strategic value of humanitarian immigration policy toward Homeland Security
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The United States faces a terrorist threat provoked by an extremist ideology. A greater, more strategic, contribution to the global good would reduce anger toward the United States and enhance constructive alliances. After the events of September 11, 2001, homeland security leaders identified our immigration system as a vulnerability exploited by the terrorists. Consequently, much effort was expended to shore up immigration processes. That same system should also be used as a mechanism to mitigate some of the causes of terrorism. Within U.S. immigration priorities is a commitment to humanitarian protection. Benefits such as resettlement of refugees, grants of asylum, and temporary protected status for victims of armed conflict or natural disasters do not only uphold the moral fabric of the United States. They also provide strategic value toward winning the war against violent extremism. Designing a strategy for humanitarian immigration policy, with the proper risk management principles in place, will promote the long-term security for the United States.
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