Comprehensive immigration reform or bust

Published: Tuesday, May 21 2013 2:30 p.m. MDT

Immigration advocates gather outside the Senate Judiciary Committee in the Senate Hart Office Building on Capitol Hill in Washington, Monday, April 22, 2013, as they wait to attend the committee's hearing on comprehensive immigration reform legislation.

Associated Press

“Hey, Congress: It's comprehensive immigration reform or nothing.” At least that’s the title of recent commentary piece at the Christian Science Monitor written by Rey Kowalski.

Some members of Congress argue that the comprehensive immigration reform bill before the Senate is too long and that it needs to be broken up and considered piecemeal. But a piecemeal approach flies in the face of the long history of failed stand-alone immigration bills. This Congress needs comprehensive reform to save itself from itself.” Kowalski believes that the only way to get immigration reform through the House and Senate is to go big. “Only a comprehensive reform legislative package will pull together the strange-bedfellow coalition necessary to secure enough votes for any immigration bill to pass both houses of Congress.”

Kowalski believes that reform is inevitable — it has to be to please voters — so Congress might as well go ahead and do it right. “Polls show that the majority of Americans — both Republicans and Democrats — support broad immigration reform. If Congress wants to meet that demand, members will stop avoiding change by floating unrealistic, piecemeal proposals and make the tough compromises of comprehensive reform.”

Freeman Stevenson is a Snow College grad and is the DeseretNews.com opinion intern. Reach me at fstevenson@deseretdigital or @freemandesnews

Read more about immigration reform on Christian Science Monitor.

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