There is no more important driver of American development and perhaps no more important force which forged her character than immigration. Of course, the country has been shaped by two types of immigration: that forged by the pilgrims running away from European oppression and that forged today by individuals seeking the benefits of that more perfect union created by the former. Save of course the folks that came here in chains and those whose opinion and labor were controlled, devalued and defines by patriarchy.
Today we stand at an important crossroads of political insecurity, economic paranoia and cultural differentiation that threatens the existence of one American no matter who is here now or who comes thereafter. America stands divided and many of her children choose not to vote, find it increasingly difficult to vote or do not have a civic status that allows them to do so.
This is the scenario that exists now as we ponder closing the doors of immigration and focusing on processing perhaps a hundred years of so called “illegal immigration.”
The New York Times reports on an initial bipartisan proposal by the current intelligentsia on the hill. The proposal seems to strike a curious compromise between close the doors and keep anymore of them out and deal with all these folks that “leaked in here.”
In any case, this now nascent debate on immigration seems to be taking shape. Stay posted… as we at the Policy ThinkShop think this through with you… Send us a note and tell us what you think?
“A bipartisan group of senators has agreed on a set of principles for a sweeping overhaul of the immigration system, including a pathway to American citizenship for 11 million illegal immigrants that would hinge on …”