As part of the immigration reform discussion we ought to recognize that the U.S. increasingly depends on immigrants to help replace our population and, more importantly, our workforce, which funds our pay-as-you-go Social Security system.
We know from multiple reports that many of those who will seek this type of relief from removal are some of the best and brightest students our country has to offer. They deserve to stay here and to become Americans.
It will clearly help this country over the long term by keeping those people who our own universities educated here, where many of these students want to be, rather than forcing them to leave. It seems so fundamentally right that it's unbelievable these rules weren't changed decades ago.
We talk about increasing the number of border security guards and we hear about more states enacting even tighter laws designed to stop the invasion of illegal immigration from Mexico. So much shouting over so many years seems to have created a mythology too complete for even facts to alter.
The stratification of the job market is even more acute today than it was in my youth. Adult immigrants are trying to raise families on the kind of jobs I did as a way of contributing to my college expenses.
The president has an opportunity, make that a responsibility, to tell the American people that reforming our nation's broken immigration system is not an issue that concerns only those on the right or the left, but one that concerns us all.