Our flawed immigration policies of this country are the legacy brought about by the economics of slavery. The labor we refuse to do and the lifestyle to which we have grown accustomed drives this injustice.
For nearly 100 years, beginning with the influx of worker refugees from the 1910 Mexican Revolution to the establishment of the Bracero program of the 1940s, we perpetuate abusive behavior toward certain immigrants.
With a wink and a nod, faulty immigration policies continue to suit us as needed with no regard to the human costs. We have not come clean from our slave-economy history. Real immigration reform is needed now.
We must acknowledge the millions of honest, hard-working immigrants in this country who are here undocumented. Maybe they came without papers, but we have tacitly agreed for them to come and do our hard, dirty jobs as long as we do not have to pay the cost.
Political winds have renewed the urgency for immigration policy reform. It is now time to act again on behalf of migrant workers and their families. We need a path to citizenship for all law-abiding immigrants in this country without documentation. We need more worker visas for those who are seeking honest work in our fields, factories and places of business that remain vacant.
And yes, prevent entry by those who choose to do harm and do not share the vision of a safe, humane and verdant world.