Fierce partisans on both sides of the immigration debate would do well to take a breather.
Some of the harshest measures of
Now if only people would stop spitting fire long enough to realize what this offers the nation: an opportunity to reflect on the problem and come up with a good solution. We can steer clear of the haphazard, reactionary and often prejudiced immigration policies of our nation's past. Let the skittish politicians finish the primary and general elections full of tough talk. Eventually,
We can get it right this time. To do so, we need to take into account not only the obvious need to police our borders, but also to address humanely the 10 million people here illegally, whom we have no realistic chance of deporting, and who play a large role in our economy. Speaking of which, any immigration reform must account for future labor needs, finding a way to meet them that is consistent with enforceable law.
Here's another reason we need to think carefully and come up with a comprehensive solution: Immigration policies and enforcement measures have a way of solving one problem while causing another.
Such horrific facts are part of the latest a chapter in our long, often less than stellar immigration history. How do we want that history to read to future generations? Skirmishes with nativist vigilantes, states and municipalities jumping onboard with draconian laws that won't pass constitutional muster, and ever more fear and exploitation as basic human rights are stripped from illegal immigrants?
Those who complain that the federal government is "doing nothing" are wrong. About 1,200
We tend to deport newer immigrants in times of ethnic fear and economic hardship. The first to go were the Chinese after race riots in several Western states in the 1870s and 1880s. Later,
The history of U.S. immigration policy records many instances of "getting tough," but rarely has the nation dealt effectively with its current immigration and labor challenges and also prepared for the future.
How do we want their chapter of U.S. history to read?
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