The latest “Gang of Eight” senators just could be putting together the pieces for the breakthrough needed to relieve the nation’s long struggle with its immigration policies and practices.
A bipartisan group, consisting of John McCain, R-Ariz.; Charles Schumer, D-N.Y.; Michael Bennet, D-Colo.; Dick Durbin, D-Ill.; Jeff Flake R-Ariz.; Lindsey Graham, R-S.C.; Robert Menendez, D-N.J.; and Marco Rubio, R-Fla., is meeting informally and quietly, shooting for a late March-early April deadline to propose their legislation.
If our Congress as a whole cannot get things done, which apparently is the case, this current bipartisan ad hoc group might just show the way to solve other national ills.
In a nation whose citizens are overwhelmingly either immigrants or the progeny of immigrants, it is inexcusable not to have an immigration policy that works. We have needed the people, but because the system hasn’t worked we now have millions of undocumented aliens.
The task the “Gang of Eight” faces is prodigious. Can we allow those who have come here illegally “earn” their way to citizenship without first helping all the people who are working their way through the system legally? If America suddenly has a program to forgive illegal aliens, does that launch an even larger assault on the security of our borders?
There have been other gangs of senators. The 2009 “Gang of Six” on health care reform and the 2011 “Gang of Six” on the national debt and again in 2012 a “Gang of Eight” on the national debt.
This time it can work. We wish the current gang considerably more success than their predecessors.
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