President Obama is in Columbia for the Summit of the Americas this week, and while his secret service officials are being sent home for illicit activities with prostitutes in Columbia, he is also pledging immigration reform early in his second term.
The question is, really?
The U.S. immigration system is truly broken, and it needs a major overhaul. One that needs to acknowledge the demands of a global marketplace. Labor flows are part of the globalization process, something that we in the U.S. have long tried to pretend is not really the case.
I hope this is more than a campaign promise, and I hope he proposes something sooner than 2013. I don’t have high hopes for any changes, but the debate must begin. Better now than later.