Immigration is another area, like the economy, where we need to frame the issue correctly. For example, I did not know until reading Heather Cox Richardson's newsletter today that President Biden submitted an immigration bill right after he took office. Yet Republicans didn't move on that, nor do they confirm judges which would help the backlog of cases. All they do is scream about the border crisis. We need to "get loud" about this too.

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Dr. Heather Cox Richardson provided an objective summary last evening of the status of our broken immigration system at present:


Yes, it is badly broken. Whose fault is that? Here is what I believe is the truth that both Democrats and Republicans refuse to acknowledge - both Democrats and Republicans are at fault over decades of refusal to address the issue, and each accuses the other of being the problem. Both are dug in and refuse to accept any legislation that addresses the claims or priorities of the other side.

Bipartisan legislation that provides solutions to America’s challenges has always required negotiated compromises incorporating elements in a solution favored by each side of a controversy. However, when both sides of a controversy are unwilling to incorporate any of the priorities of the other side compromise is impossible, and we are unable to make any progress on a solution. What happens in such situations is the problem gets worse and is even more difficult to control let alone solve.

What will it require to address our broken immigration system? Reasoned people of goodwill who will incorporate as many of each side’s priorities as possible in a compromise immigration legislative solution. It is likely that such a solution will require several rounds of such legislation as neither side is likely to get everything it desires in the first steps of addressing the problem. Is such a step-by-step set of compromise legislation to address immigration possible? Yes, of course, it is possible. Is it likely? Sadly, probably not with the current members of Congress and the American public so divided.

So what should we do?

Stop, listen, and learn. Talk about the problems, all of them. Try to examine the concerns of each side and possible effective solutions to deal with them. Find opportunities to address some, though not likely all of them. Incorporate elements favored by each side in a series of legislative steps. As this process proceeds, legislators from each side need Congressional leadership to take responsibility for educating and informing a divided public in a transparent and bipartisan manner to build public support for a series of steps. We could do that with reasoned men and women of goodwill. So let's start sending that kind of legislators to Congress.

I do believe that Biden has tried to take this approach, however, it requires the participation in the process of both sides of the aisle in Congress to accomplish anything. Will they come to the process? If not we need to send different people to get the job done.

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Should note that I talk a lot about immigration in my presentation, With Democrats Things Get Better. Consider it another reason to check it out!

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How refreshing to read a sensible editorial! Thanks for sharing.

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