Our broken immigration system has been bad for the country and a source of political division for well over a decade. Some want a so-called “comprehensive” solution to the crisis, but the prospects for it actually happening (let alone being a solution) are not good amid our divisions. It’s time to rise above the existing gridlock and build a national consensus based on national security.
The history of American immigration has almost always been politically charged. In the 1850s, the Native American Party arose to challenge the influx of Irish Catholics moving to America. Today, immigration from south of our border is producing intense reactions and division as well. Whatever we thought about immigration in the past must now change after Sept. 11, 2001, and more recently, the terror attack in San Bernardino.