Re-framing the Immigration Debate

"Promised Land" by Christoph Niemann

I was pleased to hear at least one of the GOP contenders speak sanely on immigration during the CNN debate last week.  Specifically, Newt Gingrich re-framed the rhetoric in a more accurate context by noting that many immigrants are long-standing members of our community who contribute by working and paying taxes.  “I don’t see how the party that says it’s the party of the family is going to adopt an immigration policy which destroys families that have been here a quarter century. And I’m prepared to take the heat for saying, let’s be humane in enforcing the law without giving them citizenship but by finding a way to create legality so that they are not separated from their families,” said Gingrich.

An on-going poll at msnbc.com currently shows that a majority of you, whether you’re for Newt or not, agree.

Should illegal immigrants who have lived in the United States for many years be allowed a pathway to live in the United States legally?

While this shift in the conversation is helpful, I’d love for at least someone to recognize corporate America’s culpability in our immigration issues.  Or has everyone forgotten how large US companies such as Tyson were indicted for bringing immigrants here to work illegally?

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