Thus, there are three features of immigration policy to consider in combination: First, its repercussions are powerful and widespread. Second, with so many conflicting priorities to juggle, the decisions depend heavily on personal values and ideologies. Third, with so many different interest groups in the mix, decisions on immigration policy tend to be shamelessly vulnerable to constituent pressures. What all three factors have in common is that they accentuate the importance of choosing the right decisionmaker. The high impact means that much is at stake, and the last two features mean that the results will often turn on who the decisionmakers are.
Stephen H. Legomsky,
The Making of United States Refugee Policy: Separation of Powers in the Post-Cold War Era,
70 Wash. L. Rev.
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