I’ll be honest: While I read a lot of news articles and blog posts this weekend in the name of putting together this newsletter, my mind was mostly on immigration. That seemed to be the case for my entire Twitter feed, as well.
I’ll save the historical context and constitutional analysis to experts, and just note a couple of things:
- During my career I have worked with, and worked for, immigrants to this country, including from countries in the Middle East. As most people in tech do, I have many acquaintances that call the United States a second home. On the whole, they are kind, compassionate and smart as hell—our country and our economy are better off for having them a part of it.
- I spent a summer during law school as a legal extern in a U.S. senator’s office, working mostly on immigration issues. It is, by and large, a heartbreaking field, rife with stories of families torn apart, often through no real fault of their own. We could all do a lot better to remember that underneath the letter of the law, whatever it might be, are scores of mothers, fathers and children just trying to be together in a safe place.
OK. Onto the weekend’s news.