The U.S. already faces a shortage of physicians in rural and inner city areas. Through enlightened immigration policies, we can address our physician shortage and be a beacon for the rest of the world.
America goes through these grand debates every generation or so, and what remains constant is that both sides in the fight can be counted upon to accuse the other side of "playing politics" with the immigration issue. This has, indeed already begun.
Border Patrol forces, still growing, have more than doubled in the years since 9/11. As the new uniformed soldiers of the Department of Homeland Security, close to 20,000 Border Patrol agents now occupy the U.S. Southwest.
Whenever I'm in one of its in-between spaces, I feel the fragility of the American ideal. The ideal, not the cynicism, is why we came here. The America of the middle is worth hanging on to with everything we've got.
The rule of law cannot be equated with rigorous enforcement of the law. To do so would be to mistake the rule of law with rule by law. Repressive regimes rule by law, but dishonor the rule of law in other ways.
Unauthorized immigrants and their children are settled. Rather than forcing them into the shadows, our elected officials should actively seek to harness their energy, vitality, and resiliency to build safe, thriving communities.
U.S. immigration policy still needs to be fixed. The American people would be better served if Congress worked towards constructive solutions to this challenge, rather than engaged in political theater.
Illegal Migration into the United States has all but stopped, and not entirely for the reasons you may think. It is not just because the United States has put unprecedented levels of resources along the border.