According to an article on nytimes.com: “An immigration policy group said Wednesday that the Department of Homeland Security’s immigration mission has been undermined by wasteful spending along the southern border, law enforcement efforts that focused on snaring illegal workers rather than high-risk criminals, and an often hostile bureaucracy that discourages people eligible for legal entry from playing by the rules.”
The article makes some interesting points. Immigration is an issue that certainly needs to be addressed and changes to our laws as well as government policies that have become enforcement-centric will be necessary.
I believe that this administration will address immigration in a big way, but timing is everything. If a CIR package similar to those previously proposed by the Senate were to come up for a vote tomorrow, it would face severe opposition in light of the state of the economy. Behind the scenes work needs to take place to improve on the proposed bills and CIR should be introduced when the economy has rebounded somewhat.