According to an article on  “Coming soon to a battleground state near you: a new effort to revive the image of the Republican Party and to counter President Obama’s characterization of Republicans as “the party of ‘no.'”

Not a bad idea to rebrand before they have anymore deflections from the Party including members of Congress!  The key to success for the GOP will be a shift to the middle and an effort to tone down the right-winged rhetoric.  Immigration is a prime example of where the right has lost its way.  When elected officials vote on policies shaped by the media rather than on what is best for the country, they miss the boat. 

Rush, Lou and others like them want high ratings, controversy is entertaining and it sells.  The more people who watch, the more money their stations make from advertisers.  Being disagreeable makes for engaging radio and television.  On the other hand, as the Republican Party has so aptly demonstrated, being the “party of no” is not what the voters want from their elected officials.  It is probably a safe bet that most Americans want improvement, change, and progress.  If we trust those at the helm, we generally should let them make the decisions that they truly believe are in the best interest of the country. 

During President Obama’s Presidential campaign, he made it clear that he supported Comprehensive Immigration Reform and he is keeping true to his word and giving it a good-faith effort.  Those who follow immigration would undoubtedly agree that the laws are outdated and need to be changed.  Our current system is not working.  The question becomes what elements should be included in a CIR bill.  Border Security, vast improvement of the existing laws for legal immigration and a solution to deal with the undocumented are three major elements.  Will it be easy?  No, but neither are most worthwhile endeavors.

Author: Bradley Maged

I'm Brad Maged, an immigration lawyer in Boston, Massachusetts. I help people who want to live and work in the United States and companies that wish to employ them. This blog provides opinion and information on developments in immigration law. Thanks for reading!

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