Itâ€™sÂ a simple question really. Do we continue with the immigrationÂ friendly policy that has been the hallmark of our history and theÂ secret behind our astonishing success as a nation, or, do we stop inÂ favor of protecting our citizens from a multitude of threats, rangingÂ from economic to theology?
TheÂ question has became an even bigger issue in the aftermath of the 9/11Â attacks, where the 2002 Homeland Security Act decreed that the UnitedÂ States Immigration and Naturalization Services (INS) be placed underÂ the jurisdiction of the Department of Homeland Security, who in turn,Â included immigration under its wide ranging security policy. In anÂ immediate turn of events, the INS was broken up into two separateÂ entities, the BureauÂ of Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) and the Bureau ofÂ Immigration and Customs Enforcement (BICE), responsible for inboundÂ and outbound travel respectively.
USCISÂ and BICE, along with their political masters in Washington, walks aÂ fine line between the reality of economic interdependence,Â sociological ethics and security considerations, as we all watch withÂ bated breath from the sidelines while our new national identity isÂ forged in plain view to the rest of the world.
â€˘ I believe that every nation must have a secure border but we must also recognize that we do need immigrants.
â€˘Â I think that amnesty should be given to those illegal immigrants already in the country.
â€˘ There should be quick and comprehensive immigration reform to enable a faster, simpler path to citizenship.Â