It's very hard to enforce unrealistic rules.
Sooner or later we all will have to face the fact that most of the 11 million are here to stay, and it is in our interest as much as theirs to find a way for them to do so legally. There is simply no practical alternative. The only real question before us is how to structure the transition.
It's not a question of 'can we fix this?' It's 'when and how?'.
They're screaming out. They're fed up and they've discovered creative ways to go about venting their frustration.
To call the system inadequate doesn't even come close to it.
a long, impressive, detailed list.
Farming, construction, food processing, those businesses can't stay afloat without those workers.
The president is hanging back and letting the Senate do the work. But if they can bring back a comprehensive bill that he can say with a straight face is not amnesty, that's something he can get behind.
The bishops getting involved reminds people of the whole picture. The church goes beyond the illegality and economic concerns to bring in morality concerns.
Some people are going to say it's amnesty, and others are going to say it creates a second-class caste of workers. It's a non-starter for both sides.
Once upon a time, there was a clear set of choices that people made. Now there are so many choices of how to think, how to define ourselves.
You have the classic standoff between the main street constituency and the business side of the party. In that case, the members tend to go where the voters are.
It turns out some of those devilish details are giving people trouble now. And what looked like such a promising thing last week ... is turning out to be tough work.
We're trying to replace a nudge-nudge, wink-wink system of unrealistic laws that don't get enforced with realistic laws that can be enforced.