Reading the Signs

Wednesday, 09 January 2013 16:04

-The Wall with Mexico

-The Private Detention Centers…

-and the Deportation of hard-working, law abiding people…



…are the three most visible signs of an immigration policy that is bad for our country, bad for our neighborhood*, and bad for people who are exercising their right to live where they choose. They are symptoms of a bad policy that restricts people’s right to move where they want to as long as they aren't an unreasonable burden on those already settled there.


Let us hope and work to make 2013 the year that the pendulum begins to shift back toward a more open immigration policy. Let us work toward a policy that allows robust immigration of people who want to be part of our American dream, and that offers a pathway to citizenship for those who came here during the time of “wink and nod.”**


* Our immediate “neighborhood” is North America, but because of modern communications and air travel the entire world is in the neighborhood.


** The ‘wink and nod’ policy of the 1980's and 1990's deceived migrants from Mexico into moving here without documentation because there was no enforcement. It is not unlike driving 75 in a 65 mph zone because you know the police don't ticket for driving 10 mph over the legal limit.