EDITORIAL: Stop stalling on immigration reform

2012-10-08T00:00:00Z EDITORIAL: Stop stalling on immigration reform nwitimes.com
October 08, 2012 12:00 am  • 

The IFIRE screening of a controversial film on illegal immigration highlights the simmering problem that Congress has yet to address.

IFIRE, or Indiana Federation for Immigration Reform and Enforcement, sponsored the screening of "They Come to America," a documentary by filmmaker Dennis Michael Lynch, at the Hobart Art Theatre.

"I wanted people to get the big picture," IFIRE co-founder Cheree Calabro said.

The film tells of Lynch's journey across the nation as he discussed issues relating to illegal immigration.

While jobs and the economy have dominated the presidential campaign — and rightfully so — illegal immigration should not be kicked far down the road. Reform is needed.

President Barack Obama took a step in this direction with his decision to, in essence, implement key portions of the DREAM Act proposed in recent years by Sens. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., and Dick Lugar, R-Ind.

The centerpiece of that legislation was the creation of a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants who arrived in the United States as children, brought here by their parents.

Obama's Republican opponent, Mitt Romney, recently said if he is elected, he would honor the visas awarded by the Obama administration to children of illegal immigrants.

That would address part of the immigration problem, but it doesn't address future illegal border crossings.

Congress needs to revisit the quota system, as well as the path to citizenship, and make sure there are enough visas for the workers American employers need.

Making visas easier to obtain would discourage illegal immigration. Why cross the border illegally, paying federal income taxes without being able to reap the benefits, when you can do so legally?

Once this new law is in place, the federal government must make sure it is enforced. The federal E-Verify program, for example, must be workable for nationwide use.

This is the immigration reform the nation needs. Stop dawdling on this issue and bring real immigration reform.

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