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What a Just Immigration Policy Looks Like

THE SOMALI-BRITISH WRITER WARSAN SHIRE begins her poem “Home” with the line, “No one leaves home unless / home is the mouth of a shark.”

Whatever the inciting forces are that propel people to undertake what is inevitably a dangerous, expensive, and arduous journey from their homeland into the unknown—the kind that rips apart families—they must be grim. And in the increasingly politicized debates within “destination countries” over what to do with those arriving seeking safety,

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