Today’s Washington Post runs a front-page article on the GOP strategy for the upcoming mid-term elections: border security. This is nothing new; scapegoating immigrants is the old reliable of GOP politicking. Unfortunately, there has been no political will from party leaders to deal with this issue since 2000. Although George W. Bush introduced his immigration reform proposal as his first order of business when he took office, his own party has consistently stymied his efforts to pass an immigration reform bill.
One of the unfortunate outcomes of the scapegoating strategy is that it obscures the larger disucssion of immigration in the U.S. This editorial notes that the overall immigration picture is much more positive that the current political debate would lead one to believe.