Congressional assist eyed for immigration


Congress needs to act to fix our broken system


Habit No. 5 in Steven R. Covey’s “The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People,” one of the top business books of all time, is “Seek First to Understand, Then to Be Understood.”

This advice has been most helpful, given that an editor’s position means dealing with opinions ranging all across the spectrum. We value and believe in free speech and strive to have all voices considered.

This is brought up to follow on last week’s editorial about the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). A friend who is thoughtful and civically engaged called last week to take exception.

His position was that even if these children were brought here illegally, they should make their way to the Immigration and Naturalization Service and begin their own citizenship proceedings no matter their status. That’s a fair point. These residents, many of whom have been here for years, must take on the responsibility of starting the path toward citizenship. Otherwise, they continue to live in the shadows.

He also said Congress should pass a law allowing those who do begin this process to be grandfathered and not fear deportation. As of now, only those who entered “by the book” may begin this proceeding. And many live in constant fear of deportation, even as they live and work among us.


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