What We Can Do Right Now:
THE BOTTOM LINE
We need to get started on immigration reform and border security realism right away. But let's be truthful and empathetic with each other from the get-go.
Our immigration policies must be curated carefully in 2021 to reflect the new realities of our economy (including the work-skills needs and job-availability we can reasonably expect to have here in the next 25-years) and a genuine assessment of the capacity of our communities to absorb new arrivals without sacrificing existing quality of life standards in our cities and towns. That's not selfishness or ethno-centrism talking -- its just practical realism.
As we do this we have to be as actively empathetic to a family honestly just seeking a peaceful and prosperous new life in the United States as we are fully open-eyed to the actual economic, sustainability and logistical realities of community growth. We will need to study this issue in all of its many wrinkles and carefully consider all the perspectives and shades of the facts that we gather (and then discuss these perspectives amiably among our neighbors and communities).
The base reality of true immigration/border security reform for the 2020s and beyond is that, once it is completed, it is not going to be an easy pill for anyone to swallow.
Most difficulty, as the world's first "nation of immigrants" we are all going to have to acknowledge that, whatever the details, in any kind of immigration reform we will necessarily be making a sea-change in America's foundational values and cultural traditions. Given the evolving economic and community sustainability picture, we just are not capable of being the fully accessible country we were in the 1890s. So the future will indeed be a time of increasingly limited capacity for growth due to immigration. We will have to have consensus that these changes have not been driven by prejudice or "fear of the other," but instead by our reckoning of the unique resource and sustainability challenges we face in the 21st Century. Because that is the truth of the matter no matter how much I and others wish it weren't.
So we are going to have to also accept that these changes in the path to U.S. Citizenship that we make in the 2020s are also going to at some level represent a fundamental shift in "who we are" to the world and how we are seen by others abroad.
But if we do this right, and equitably, and we do fix the sustainability of the future path to American citizenship -- we will have served all people who covet freedom, opportunity, and prosperity in their lives over the long term. We can still remain, the last best hope on Earth.
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