"Arrests of [ unauthorized ] migrants trying to cross the southern U.S. border
have plummeted to levels not seen since the early 1970s, according to
tallies released by the Department of Homeland Security last week, a
historic shift that could reshape the debate over immigration reform.
"There’s been no leadership or even an attempt to set forth a new
vision of immigration reform that could transcend the divides of the
current debate. This too can be readily explained. No one could have expected the
president to put immigration reform — whose main prospective...
"While the political campaigns remain obsessed over what is actually a
dwindling problem of illegal immigration, they are largely ignoring a
more urgent need to reform the nation’s legal-immigration laws." - Edward Alden, Dec. 19, 2011 .
U.S. Border Patrol agents at a Detroit Bus Station
"Since 9/11 I’ve noticed a recurring theme in the discussions I’ve had with people up and down the Texas-Mexico border.
The conversations go something like this “I’ve lived here for 50
years but every few months...