After years of heated debate over immigration reform there is finally light at the end of the tunnel.
After countless hours of work spent on a bipartisan compromise, our elected officials have finally hammered out a plan. The compromise drafted by Sen. Jon Kyl, R-Ariz., and Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, D-Mass., is a good starting point for those on both sides of the issue to make their case and enact a solution. There is still much work to be done to ensure this important issue does not remain unresolved.
Immigration reform is a tough issue; that much we know. The compromise reached last week is not an amnesty bill. The goal is to stop illegal immigration without hurting our local and national economies or denying our heritage. As President Bush recently stated, the compromise would produce an immigration system that enforces realistic laws and upholds the American tradition of welcoming those who share our values and our love of freedom.