You probably wrote this while I was doing post 221. I was presenting the usual stereotypical arguments as to why immigration reform doesn't take place. I would add to your statement the fact that if some real fix to immigration policy is put in place that satisfies a really healthy portion of the American people, it will be one less fear button Republicans can press come time for elections.That's not true. The influx of undocumented workers ended 10 years ago. Their numbers actually fell. There's still some back & forth even with the increased security Dems support. It will always be that way to some extent unless we want to do it like the former GDR.
We nonetheless have the legacy of the past to deal with. The Dreamers. 250K Salvadoran refugees here since 2001. Others who have lived & worked peaceably among us for many, many years & have American citizen children & even grandchildren.
They deserve our respect & compassion. We owe it to ourselves to provide it.