Justice System

Jailing fewer at the border

Jailing fewer at the border

The Department of Homeland Security announced recently that it would release hundreds of mothers and children who are seeking political asylum, so that they can await their hearings in freedom rather than in detention facilities. That was a welcome move, but the government should go further and undertake a top-to-bottom review of the entire immigration detention system with an eye toward jailing as few people as possible.

The government, of course, has the right and duty to determine who is allowed into the country and under what circumstances, as well as who may work here and eventually seek naturalized citizenship. Under current laws, if would-be immigrants arrive at the border...