Senate Democrats, led by Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ), today reaffirmed their commitment to a common sense, comprehensive solution to illegal immigration by introducing the Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act of 2011. The legislation, introduced by Senator Menendez along with fellow Senate Democratic co-sponsors Harry Reid (D-NV), Patrick Leahy (D-VT), Richard Durbin (D-IL), Chuck Schumer (D-NY), and John Kerry (D-MA), offers a workable blueprint for how our nation could fix its broken immigration system with real and lasting reform.

Outrageous news out of Glenwood Springs, Colorado today: a team of agents from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement reportedly swept through a corner of the Strawberry Days festivities on Saturday, rounding up two or possibly three suspects.

If there was ever a story to read, this is it. Jose Antonio Vargas is a Pulitzer Prize Winning journalist. He’s also an undocumented immigrant. I cannot do this story justice, so here’s an excerpt from the New York Times — but read it in full.

One August morning nearly two decades ago, my mother woke me and put me in a cab. She handed me a jacket. “Baka malamig doon” were among the few words she said. (“It might be cold there.”) When I arrived at the Philippines’ Ninoy Aquino International Airport with her, my aunt and a family friend, I was introduced to a man I’d never seen.

A UC Davis honors student who had launched a national Facebook campaign to avoid deportation to India with her mother won an 11th-hour stay Tuesday after immigration officials last week issued a memo allowing for greater discretion in Dream Act cases.

It’s 3:25 p.m. in a dusty cucumber field in south Georgia. A knot of criminal offenders who spent seven hours in the sun harvesting buckets of vegetables by hand have decided they’re calling it quits — exactly as crew leader Benito Mendez predicted in the morning.

As a guide for law or legislation, the Southern Baptists’ new resolution on illegal immigrants is virtually useless. It’s vague, confusing and perhaps inherently contradictory. It wouldn’t help Congress pick its way through the political thickets associated with addressing the plight of the undocumented.

Julio Muñoz, who arrived during the Mariel boatlift in 1980, spent more time in immigration detention than in prison over drug convictions. But he finally was freed when the U.S. Supreme Court in 2005 ruled that Mariel convicts could not be held in detention indefinitely just because they cannot be deported to Cuba.

Newt Gingrich believes that Americans could solve the problem of illegal immigration in a practical and humane way “if we can get the politicians and the news media to just deal with it honestly.” Bravo. When the former House speaker made those remarks during a recent GOP presidential debate, he zeroed in on precisely what is wrong with the immigration debate.

A bill that requires police in South Carolina to check suspects’ immigration status and mandates that all businesses check their hires through a federal online system received final legislative approval Tuesday.