No matter one’s opinion of the immigration bill before Congress two weeks ago, it is a sad commentary on the failure of our government to address one of its largest public policy problems. Immigration is one of the most important issues we face today and it is unfortunate that the Congress will now have said nothing about it – at least not until after the 2008 elections. The defeat of the immigration proposal is a stark admission that politics, not policy, is the controlling factor in our governmental system. It’s truly a poor reflection on the government on one of the greatest nations on earth.
Although this issue is effectively dead in the Congress, the problem itself is not going away – in fact, it may get worse as a result of the government’s inaction. Our elected leaders cannot and should not give up on this issue. They owe it to the citizens and legal immigrants of this country to bring resolution to a difficult issue. It’s time to put policy-making above politics and address immigration.