Friday, March 16, 2012

Immigration Reform

As explained in one of our past guest lectures, immigration reform is a very difficult subject for many people and especially politicians today. The growing negative sentiments toward foreign born citizens and illegal aliens in our country has been fueled by a similarly growing sense that people are losing control of the once secure aspects of their lives. Jobs, homes, and other symbols of a stable middle class life are no longer guaranteed in today's economy and many people shift their frustrations arising from these harsh realities onto im
migrants. Many of our politicians have played into these frustrations and this is what has made reforms so difficult. Knowing all of this, I was surprised to read an article that said Democrats were hesitant to consider a potential compromise on immigration reform suggested republican presidential candidates Romney and Gingrich. Why? Because they are worried that it may allow the Republican party to win back hispanic votes in the election. Hesitations and considerations like these on the part of politicians is what makes me look c
ynically at many grand policy proposals. Political expediency is always the true first consideration and a major reason for our stagnant Congress.


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