Gimme Shelter: A wider opening for refugees

A wider opening for refugees

"Driven from every other corner of the earth," Samuel Adams intoned in 1776, those seeking freedom "direct their course to this happy country as their last asylum." From the beginnings of American history, no would-be immigrants have had greater claim on the national conscience than those seeking shelter from repression. But how to distinguish legitimate refugees from the mass of aliens who come to the U.S. merely in search of work or a change of life? The U.S. Supreme Court gave an answer last week that should smooth the path, at least slightly, for thousands fleeing death squads, invading armies and...

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