An editorial by the staff of the Dallas Morning News today hit just the right tone for a way out of the current immigration mess. Excerpts:
A prosperous city and state with a promising future. That’s what everyone reading this surely wants to build for themselves today and for the generations to come.
Everyone has a role, primarily our lawmakers in Austin and Washington, but also the Editorial Page of The Dallas Morning News. In the coming year we’ll use our voice to exhort political leaders in strategic areas that can help form a sound foundation for our society.
We’ll identify those areas of focus today and monitor progress through the year. Some of these causes will be familiar to readers, as we have championed them in the past.
Our primary agenda for elected leaders in 2007 is this:
Hazelton, Pa. Farmers Branch. The Texas Legislature. The more that local communities and state governments take immigration problems into their hands, the more the situation cries out for Washington to finally provide a lasting answer.
What needs to happen: Comprehensive reform of the nation’s immigration law to go along with stiffer border-security measures already under way. Reform needs to include a guest-worker program and a path to citizenship for some illegal immigrants. State and local governments, meanwhile, need to resist the urge to pass laws better handled by the feds.
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