Second, improving access to our legal immigration system would reverse incentives to break the law and lead naturally to a reduction in those avoiding the proper channels. It would also become easier to address the remaining undocumented in a manner consistent with the rule of law and basic human compassion.
Some have argued that the political realities demand that any reform must pass all at once. But the Obamacare debacle proves that when either side is worried about politics, everyone loses.
If proponents of the Gang of Eight proposal insist on everything, the country will get nothing more than motion. If Republicans and Democrats can work together on a sensible, incremental approach, we can make real forward movement. I am confident we can begin immigration reform now and take positive steps toward creating a system that will better serve the country. This approach will ensure that our nation of immigrants remains a land of opportunity.
Sen. Mike Lee is a U.S. Senator from Utah and a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee.
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