Now that a timely and practical effort at reforming the nation's terribly broken immigration system has failed, KSL asks what now?"
The nation's southern border is as porous as it has ever been with no realistic solution being put forth to prevent hundreds of thousands of illegals from pouring onto American soil each year. So what now?
As many as 13-million illegals continue to reside and work in American cities with most of them contributing significantly to the nation's economy. Simply "sending them all back," as the ardent foes of comprehensive immigration reform demand, is unrealistic and out of the question. Now there's no feasible pathway to legitimacy or viable means to supply a vital workforce. Again we ask what now?
Utah Senator Orrin Hatch and many of his senate colleagues can provide a long list of rationalized reasons why they voted against advancing immigration reform in Congress last week. Frankly, we share some of their concerns. But no one gets all they want in a political system that works best when compromise is part of the process.
What wary senators have given the American people by their failure to compromise on one of this nation's most pressing problems is the status quo for the foreseeable future, and that, quite simply, is a travesty of immeasurable proportions.