Dubya’s proposal for a “temporary worker program” for undocumented people isn’t perfect, but it’s a real step forward.
The closer we get to regularizing the immigration flow, the better off we’ll all be. We’ll be safer, more prosperous, and begin in a small way to live up to the promise of Emma Lazarus’s “The New Colossus.”
Now we send the worst of mixed messages: come here to work for low wages at menial jobs, but don’t expect to open a checking account, build up credit, own a house, be able to travel home for the holidays, get a driver’s license, or be protected under the law.
Opponents of Dubya’s modest measure claim it rewards illegal acts. They confuse the law with morality. What’s illegal here? Sneaking across an artificial line to scratch out an honest living, to chase a dream?
That’s not illegal. That’s America. Love it or leave it!