U.S. immigration policy must be revamped

July 11, 2014 

Immigration is the life blood of America. The women and children who risked their lives to come here are already better Americans than the nativists who shamefully protested their arrival out in California recently.

We should be applauding the courage and determination it took for these intrepid travelers to get here.

Instead, Republicans are refusing to work with President Obama to fix our broken immigration system. A humanitarian crisis at our border is the result.

Most Americans want immigration reform that results in immediate citizenship for the estimated 11 million people living here but who are undocumented. These people are Americans in all but legal status.

They have made important contributions to our country.

Jeb Bush has acknowledged their story as an act of love.

Nothing is more American than coming to this great country in order to build a better life. Every one of us has an ancestor who did the same thing.

A line from an old Doors song says it all: "The west is the best. Get here and we'll do the rest!"

That is the spirit of America. We are a diverse and dynamic people. We need to be welcoming because it is in our own best interests.

We don't need to hide behind a wall at the border. We simply need a better way to document who is actually in the country.

Security is always a legitimate concern when formulating immigration policy. Trying to preserve white hegemony is not.

Franklin Roberts

Bradenton

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