Alejandro Vega hiked five days through the Arizona desert and then toiled 10 years busing restaurant tables, building roads and cleaning manure out of horse corrals in the U.S. before his deportation in 2009.
The U.S. immigration reform proposals put forward by President Barack Obama and the Senate’s “Gang of Eight” are a step in the right direction. But they miss the lesson of experience: The future matters just as much as the present.
President Barack Obama proposed less than a 1 percent increase in spending by the Department of Homeland Security for the next fiscal year, with the emphasis on money for more Border Patrol agents, customs officers and body scanners.
House Republicans showcased their demands for tighter border security, voting to eliminate the discretion that President Barack Obama wants to use to stop the deportation of young people brought to the U.S. by their undocumented parents.