Our immigration system is broken, and our politicians continue to use this issue to divide us instead of trying to solve it. You cannot expect someone to fix a problem, if that problem helps get them re-elected. It will never be as simple as building a wall or closing a border; and it won’t be as easy as opening borders or granting blanket amnesty. This is a serious issue that demands serious leaders who actually want to solve the problem and not just use it to pit Americans against each other.
We are a nation of laws, and yes, we are a nation of borders. That is why Josh is in favor of protecting and securing our borders while at the same time employing human decency and compassion and due process for those who are attempting to illegally enter our country. It is not tolerable that the greatest nation the world has ever known, would separate families and put children in cages as a deterrent. We must obey the laws of immigration, but we must also honor the laws of allowing those who break them to have their day in a court of law. Compassion should guide us as much as fealty to the law. Another positive step would be to eliminate 287 G, so that immigrants can still seek out law enforcement without fear of deportation or being taken from their families.
When there are families and children who are already living in this country and positively contributing to society, we need to find a way to create a pathway to citizenship for them. DACA recipients are an example of children who were brought here by their parents and America is the only country they have ever known. For many, they are seeking asylum from a violent and unstable home country, where if they stayed, they could not survive. If they have no criminal record and have a positive affect in their community, they should be able to have an efficient adjudication of their citizenship status.