According to the WSJ, the Democrats have introduced a bill that is going to reignite the battle over immigration. Included in the bill is not only legal status but a path to citizenship, perhaps the most divisive issue in our country today. Does the bill have a future? The authors predict it is unlikely to get past the House of Representatives.
But Maria Salazar asks, “what if we grant dreamers and their parents, and thousands of other illegals who have been here for more than 15 years without a criminal record legality to work in the U.S., not citizenship?
“Legality, the right to work and pay taxes and live in this country, out of the shadows, should not automatically entail citizenship.”
The system allowed them to stay for that long, and it is not fair or humane to expect them to pack up and leave. But we can and should make sure this does not repeat itself.”
“We get border security and assistance to El Salvador, Honduras, and Guatemala so they can put their house in order—and we don’t have any more raped girls, beaten women, and unaccompanied minors showing up at the border.”
“We have developed a phobia of immigration reform because many see it as amnesty, and the dreaded path to citizenship when one does not necessarily follow from the other.” Salazar adds, “we must also decouple legality from citizenship. Legality, the right to work and pay taxes and live in this country, out of the shadows, should not automatically entail citizenship.”
“Sometimes the right formula is right in front of you, but that is precisely why we don’t see it,” she concludes.