The bipartisan Senate immigration reform bill that was introduced recently gives me hope. Hope that lawmakers from both parties can come together to pass a common-sense immigration process and find a solution for undocumented immigrants, businesses, families and for all of America.
Is the bill the Senate Gang of Eight put forward everything we wanted?
No. But it is a good start on the path toward legislation that will fix our current patchwork of mismanaged and broken immigration laws that tear families apart and hurt American businesses.
As an immigration attorney I know firsthand the positive effects a bill like this could have for the people and businesses in the Walla Walla Valley.
This is just the start of the process, and many obstacles will crop up to impede progress in the coming weeks and months.
However, in the midst of unprecedented public support for immigration reform and the need to see meaningful change to address our economic and societal needs, we need to stand together, overcome any obstacles and see real immigration reform done.