There is no doubt that this is a well-debated topic in the past few days. Ever since Trump’s travel ban, it has consumed the news like nothing else. So I will hopefully provide a different perspective.
The main argument for the travel ban is for national security. Their argument is that the United States does not need Islamic Extremists, and they constitute a clear and direct threat to the United States.
The argument against the travel ban that is more popular is generally humanistic in nature. It attempts to emotionally connect with the reader, and it does this with varying degrees of success.
However, an argument that is less popular, but just as valid, is that accepting refugees and immigrants is economically beneficial to the United States. First, more people means more tax revenue for the US Government. Ironically, it is often those who are hurt the most by taxes, the poor, who pay the most consistently. If these refugees/immigrants pay taxes, this will help us. Second, they fill jobs, and help do many of the menial things that nobody really wants to do, but assists our economy nonetheless due to the nature of Capitalism itself. Immigrants pick our fruit, clean our rooms, and cut our lawns, and this is often disregarded.
The fact is, the more people that are in the United States, the more we benefit. We are a nation by immigrants for immigrants, and no fake concerns about National Security can tarnish the dreams of millions of people. These people are fleeing wars that the United States created, or wars of unimaginable brutality. I would argue that the least that we could do is accept them, regardless of the economic benefits.
The American way of life has an effect on the mindset of every person. Our society has a way of harnessing the human spirit to accomplish goals that any other nation can barely dream of. The more people who we allow to immigrate here the better, because these people will become Americans, and they will be a functioning part of our society, while still maintaining their links to their origin.
In conclusion, it is not the job of Congress to dictate who can come to the United States, because the US was founded to be open to everyone. There are certain ideas that transcend laws and ideological struggle, and the free migration of people is one of them.