In my opinion, current trends on immigration reflect black and white thinking — thinking in terms of extremes and absolutes. Why does it have to be either amnesty or deportation?
Imagine both of these options are at the end of a spectrum; there are two solutions at either end with numerous possibilities in between.
I do not believe we have fallen so far that we cannot come up with a creative solution that fulfills both the need to protect ourselves as a country and offer immigrants new opportunities as we have done for centuries.
The current laws are not working, so change them. The debate needs to change from absolutes into innovative solutions.