Immigration Reform: Let's Be Sensible
by Danielle Trevino on September 21, 2010 at 10:03 AM
I learned a valuable political lesson in a very unlikely place last week—my news reporting and writing class. Yes, I, the Republican, learned a political lesson in a journalism school.
Our instructor was explaining we actually do have to be politically neutral when reporting and try to get not only both sides of an issue, but also everything in between.
His example was Arizona’s SB 1070. He drew a graph on the board that had 10-percent of the population listed as racist supporters of the law and 10-percent listed as amnesty-loving detractors. The other 80-percent of the population remained unlabeled.
His graph proved a valid point: Most Americans don’t want extreme immigration reform on either side of the political spectrum. Very few people I’ve heard support SB 1070 support the law solely because they don’t like Mexican immigrants in the country, and I have yet to hear a lot from amnesty-supporters—even at my large liberal university.
The media has centered America’s immigration debate around extremes, but few people have focused on reform that meets the two sides in the middle. Few people focus on reform that is sensible.
With mass deportation of illegal immigrants, our country would be spending ridiculous amounts of money on hunting down people.
By allowing amnesty, our country would gain thousands of new citizens we would have to take care of financially through government-run programs.
We’d be watching our taxes and our deficit rise either way—definitely not a fiscally conservative thing to do.
Even America’s “Toughest Sheriff,” Maricopa Country Sheriff Joe Arpaio supports immigration reform and thinks it should be less expensive and easier to immigrate to the country.
Sensible immigration reform like Texas businessman Norman Adams’ platform resolution is exactly what this country needs. Sure, it’s anything but simple, but neither is the immigration problem. Sensible reform is a complex solution to a complex problem.
As Americans, we’re all part of a big melting pot. Yes, we’re all immigrants. There’s nothing wrong with immigrating to this country. We just have to make sure we’re fair and do so legally.