I’m pleased to see that the Republicans in the U.S. House have developed standards for immigration reform. The next step is to show us clear objectives and a timeline for achieving reform. With so many immigrants living in the shadows, we deserve no less from our elected officials.
Our immigration system is flawed, with the application process backlogged and families divided. For decades, immigrants and their citizen neighbors have waited for answers as to how these families can proceed with their lives. Undocumented immigrants are in our churches, neighborhoods and schools. They’re part of the fabric of our community life.
Our S.C. congressmen should work collaboratively on this issue to pass comprehensive immigration reform and to address root causes of migration such as persecution and economic disparity caused (in part) by our foreign-trade policies. If they do not, we will continue to grow a permanent underclass of immigrants, with the social ills that befall that status. If they do pass reform, we can benefit from the talents and cultural gifts of a new generation of immigrant Americans.