Principles of equality and opportunity frame American history and cannot, by law or tradition, be abridged based on national origin, race, gender, or religious belief. As a nation of immigrants, those principles apply to immigration law as well as domestic Constitutional and legislative law. By the same token, for too long now immigration law has failed to serve the needs of this county to be a rule of laws. Neglect of outdated immigration law has created an administrative, political and humanitarian crisis.
Immigration Law Reform
Congress passed the last major comprehensive immigration law in 1965. Obviously, many factors have changed since that time. While those factors are muti-faceted and dynamic, including, for example, climate change as well as massive violence and corruption in Central American countries, they ultimately all add up to one conclusion: Congress must now pass comprehensive immigration reform.
Reform should focus on three areas: expanded border security (both technical and physical as appropriate); earned documentation for those who are already in the U.S. undocumented and having lived here exercising unblemished citizenship; extending visas for both agricultural and technical workers.