It isn’t funny. Women and children who are illegal immigrants are hurling themselves against Texas border crossings in large numbers. They are overloading officials' capacity to process them safely. Most are probably going to be turned back.
America has a limited capacity to absorb immigrants. It should have a quality-control program for screening and accepting them. The current system is deficient and filled with holes. That is why immigration reform legislation is needed at once.
The GOP has delayed attending to the need because they believe that most illegal immigrants, should they be given a path to citizenship, will likely become Democratic voters. The GOP understands the necessity to increase the qualifications for citizenship and to regulate entry based in strategic needs for high quality workers. Setting new standards is necessarily discriminatory and that will prompt ideological debate.
Debate and honest discussion about immigration policy is needed to educate the American public about needs and intentions. It isn’t as it has been in the past when we could accommodate whoever show up. “Lady Liberty” needs to rewrite her script.
Give me your strong and self-sufficient,
the huddled masses yearning to contribute to our good life, and gross domestic product.
Keep the wretched refuge from our teeming shores.
Send these the best you have to get good jobs.
We'll leave a light on for you.
Immigration reform is tough because being honest is brutal. American foreign policy needs to encourage Central American governments to develop and care for its own citizens. That is something on which Americans will earn a return on investment. Some immigration is good for America, and some isn’t. Immigration laws should spell out what is good and what is discouraged.
“Top Republican: Obama 'turning a blind eye' to crisis on the border
By Benjamin Goad - 06/24/14 11:00 AM EDT
The chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee on Tuesday accused the Obama administration of “turning a blind eye” to the growing crisis along the Southwestern border, demanding that the president send in the National Guard without delay.