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Opinion: Candidates, here's how to fix immigration
Undocumented immigrants line up to apply for the deferred deportation program this month in Los Angeles.
August 27th, 2012
05:30 PM ET

Opinion: Candidates, here's how to fix immigration

Editor's note: Ali Noorani is the executive director of the National Immigration Forum, an organization based in Washington that advocates for the value of immigrants. Follow him on Twitter.

By Ali Noorani, Special to CNN

(CNN) - Dear Barack Obama and Mitt Romney,

As much as America is looking forward to 10 more weeks of soothing campaign rhetoric (fingernails on the blackboard of America's psyche), I write to urge you to offer the nation a compelling vision for a common-sense immigration process. Your respective parties' conventions would be a great place to start.

First off, you should know that poll after poll shows a broad spectrum of Americans want a rational immigration process. In fact, a recent Washington Post-Kaiser Family Foundation poll found that immigration was one of only a few public policy issues where, as the Post put it, "rank-and-file Republicans and Democrats are less divided."

A creative approach to immigration may not play to your parties' fringes, but a clear majority of Americans want a pragmatic federal immigration policy.

Yet while the immigration solutions are simple, changing the conversation is not.

Read Ali Noorani's full column

soundoff (2 Responses)
  1. Hamsta

    The easiest way to fix immigration is to arrest illegal immigrants, force them to do five years of hard labor in prison and deport them after they are done serving their time in prison.

    August 28, 2012 at 10:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • matin1180

      hamsta your an immigrant and so is your family you get locked up first after 5 years of your great resolution let me know how it goes genius

      July 12, 2013 at 1:28 pm | Report abuse |