Comprehensive immigration reform legislation doesn't just sit in the Congress these days. It jumps through hoops. It contorts itself. It is being made fun of, the plaything of those who don't like such toys.
At press time, the Senate version of the reform bill -- with some notable and troubling exceptions -- includes strong protections for immigrant women and enables them to walk the path to citizenship. We need to make sure it stays at least as strong, inclusive, and fair as it is now.
The refugees whom Senator Lautenberg brought to the U.S. are among the most successful immigrants in our nation's history. They are doctors, engineers, business owners, artists, musicians, and writers.
The current immigration bill falls short of overhauling our broken immigration system. The heart of the bill is clearly the pathway to citizenship, but what's missing from the conversation is the number of individuals who will actually be barred from this path.
For all the numbers bouncing around the immigration reform debate, the most relevant number is 27 percent. That's the share of Gov Romney's Latino vote and that's the reason this much needed advance in public policy might just make it over the legislative goal line.