A Great Argument for Welcoming Refugees

Conclusion of Roger Cohen’s column in The New York Times, January 14:

Al CaponeThe United States, between the 1880s and 1924, admitted about 4 million Italian immigrants.

As Leon Wieseltier, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, observed to me, “We got Enrico Fermi, Frank Sinatra, Joe DiMaggio, Antonin Scalia – and Al Capone [pictured here]. Who in their right mind would suggest that the Italian immigration was not a great blessing for our country?”

Call it the Capone Principle: costs of immigration are outweighed by benefits.


2 responses to “A Great Argument for Welcoming Refugees

  1. Elisabeth Ecker

    During the Hungarian revolution the jails were opened and it was not only political prisoners that were freed. Canada welcomed the Hungarian refugees even though background checks would have been very difficult.

  2. Same as the Cuban boat lift from Mariel (?) A refugee is a refugee. :))