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The donkeys in D.C. have a chance to validate their new majority by working with Republican colleagues in passing an immigration reform bill before the Memorial Day recess.
The bipartisan-sponsored STRIVE Act of 2007 provides that opportunity. The bill attempts to address the gap in immigration enforcement while also acknowledging the human element of illegal immigration and the needs of today’s U.S. economy.
The bill calls for more immigration inspectors and investigators, a better system for employers to verify that a potential employee is using legal documents to find work, a system to allow undocumented workers to get legal visas and a program that allows business to bring in new foreign workers after proving they can’t fill jobs otherwise.
In the 2006 election, both parties vowed to cross the aisle to solve our nation’s challenges. Yet both sides of the immigration debate can agree on one thing: neither Democrats nor Republicans have made much progress on this issue.
The time for immigration reform is now.
” Tamara Miller for the Editorial Board
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