CHARTING A PATH TO CITIZENSHIP
Like health care and gay marriage, it has been inevitable that this country would overcome political hurdles and get around to a reasonable immigration policy. There is the matter of economic need, and there is the matter of basic fairness, and both provide significant motivation to have a new national policy that makes the path to citizenship both clear and manageable. President Obama has been working on his plan for months. Over the weekend a bipartisan group of Senators beat him to the punch with a plan that is now the starting point.
It’s a good starting point to be sure, and the bipartisan support is clearly a plus. We’re eager to see the President’s plan. We are also aware of ultra-conservative members of the House of Representatives who have less interest in fairness and don’t really understand the economic ramifications of our existing policies. But there’s a blueprint in place and again, the outcome seems inevitable. And we’ll be a stronger nation because of it.