Monday, a bipartisan group of U.S. senators, including John McCain and Marco Rubio, offered a bold plan to deal with America’s massive illegal alien problem.
While the full details of the plan have not yet been released, the outline of the plan detailed by the senators appears to be a sensible one.
Barring any surprises, it is a plan that should be embraced by both sides of the political aisle.
Today, an estimated 11 million illegal aliens reside in the United States. Some hope these people will simply disappear. But they won’t.
There is no way you can practically have a program of either deportation or, as Mitt Romney proposed in the last campaign, “self deportation.”
While it is true that those who illegally reside here broke the law, it is also true that lawbreakers can be forgiven.
I believe we can easily forgive those who believe they will have a better life by living and working in the United States. Many of these individuals endured hardships to come to the United States. In my book, they have passed the first test of being an American.
For Republicans, there is a political upside to enacting this plan. Sen. McCain, candid as usual, admitted that the last election was devastating for Republicans. Failure to address the issue of illegal aliens in a humane manner, he said, will only further marginalize the Republican Party.
Hispanic voters gave record votes to Barack Obama and the Democrats. Republicans, heirs to a party that was founded on its advocacy of civil rights and helping the underdog, have once again fallen on the wrong side of a critical issue.
The 2012 exit polls were very telling as to how the nation feels about this issue. Asked how “illegal immigrants working in the United States” should be treated, 65 percent — almost two-thirds of the electorate — said such illegals should be given a chance to apply for legal status.
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