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The ‘Right Stuff’: Cokie Roberts on Reforming the ‘Abominable’ Immigration System

by Mahwish Khan on 12/07/2009 at 3:49pm

Too much of the time, conventional wisdom in Washington downplays the possibility of passing real, comprehensive immigration reform. While the naysayers are busy saying it’s too hard, however, Cokie Roberts, news analyst for NPR, claims immigration reform – though challenging – is the “right stuff.”

She minces no words, arguing:

The current immigration system is an abomination on every level.

In an Op-Ed piece for the Trentonian today, Cokie explains that there are plenty of reasons to be optimistic about fixing our broken immigration system – not only is it good news for our economy, but the majority of Americans favor a path towards citizenship for the undocumented:

An ABC News/Washington Post poll last spring found that 61 percent favored giving illegal immigrants a chance at citizenship “if they pay a fine and meet other requirements.”

And by more than two to one, Americans told a Gallup survey last year that immigration was “a good thing,” not a “bad thing.”

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