The new year began with renewed optimism for the chances of sensible immigration reform in Washington. The hope is justified, but time is short and real change will still require boldness and courage.
Citizenship must be the key to reform. The idea of an earned path to citizenship for illegal immigrants was missing from Bush's State of the Union address this year, though he has continued to say his usual favorable words about reform. The new Democratic Congress and moderate Republicans cannot be afraid to stand up to the anti-amnesty demagogues and lead Bush to a solution.
Enforcement of laws cannot be ignored. Punish immigrants who enter illegally. But open a path to their full inclusion in American life.
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