Balancing the needs of immigration reform: border security vs. protecting immigrant workers

Border Security

Democrats and Republicans, while certainly coming closer to a common goal of immigration reform, are disagreeing over how to approach it. Republicans want more border security, while Democrats think a pathway to citizenship for those here already is the way to go.

About 40 years ago, there were less than one million people in the U.S. from Mexico, Honduras, Guatemala, and El Salvador.  Today, there are over 14 million. While at first many of them found work in agriculture, it has shifted in the modern age to many city-based jobs that have a range of diversity.

Recently, violence related to drug cartels has also spiked in many northern Mexican cities, leading lawmakers to fret over it spilling over into the U.S.

While security concerns can lead to Republicans calling for more fencing and patrolmen, many in Texas do not want a solution that is motivated by politics and not much else.

Says U.S. Congressman Pete Gallego, a Democrat in Texas: “Those of us who live along the border want to be just as safe and secure in our beds as anyone else does, but we want a solution that works. We don’t want a political solution, we want a practical solution.”

Many Democrats recognize the delicate balance needed between helping the undocumented immigrants here now and tightening the border. Hopefully House Republicans will wake up soon and stop needlessly quibbling about political ploys.