By Michael Higgins, Blue Team
Earlier this week, the United States Senate finished up the all-important first step toward immigration reform, creating hope for supporters of solving the ever-growing problem of undocumented workers slipping into and living in the U.S.
The Senate voted in favor of the proposed immigration reform bill on Thursday in an overwhelming 68-to-32 final tally, paving the way for a possible similar outcome in the House of Representatives later on in what promises to be a lengthy ordeal.
In doing so, the Senate took a huge first step, making a statement of sorts that change is indeed on the way. For a country inhabited by 11 million undocumented workers, with countless more crossing U.S. borders each year, this change is very much welcomed.
Supporters of this bill are strongly in favor of granting citizenship to illegal immigrants soon, and have several satisfactory reasons for holding such opinions.
One of the largest issues at hand is the need to address future enhanced border control, as these millions of immigrants are multiplying each year. If borders are not adequately regulated in the future, the problem will only worsen in the states, and the existing immigrants will continue to live illegally.
Another basic point that has been presented is that these immigrants have greatly contributed to the work force and economy. By being granted citizenship, these men and women will finally receive welcome in a country that has historically been a haven and land of opportunity for foreigners seeking economic advancement.
Compromises must be made now for change to take root, and it would be easier to grant these immigrants citizenship than to deal with future border problems and a rising number of undocumented workers. It is naïve to think that 11 million people can simply be deported, so why not change this problem by focusing on the future than trying to correct the past?
Those in opposition to the bill claim that it would give a pass to 11 million lawbreakers, and can argue that American citizens are being threatened by the immigrants’ ability to occupy jobs.
These stances have truth to them, but they only add to the problem. It would be in America’s best interest to solve what it can as soon as possible, preventing further worry and turmoil.