President Obama’s administrative actions would not have been necessary if Congress had done its job and fixed our immigration system. But for 10 years, congressional Republicans have refused to do the people’s will, leaving America with a deteriorating system that undermines our economic and national security. The president’s actions are no substitute for legislation, but they are important steps that will restore order, rationality and humanity in the system.
Everyone agrees that our immigration regime is broken. But politics has trumped practical solutions every time we’ve had a chance. Now, 17 months after the Senate passed a bipartisan reform bill that represents the best chance in a generation to overhaul the system, the House has refused to bring it to a vote.This article was originally published in USA Today.