In the upcoming debate we have to acknowledge that easing immigration will affect our communities unevenly. Many struggle with illegal immigration and deserve much more secure borders. Some very low-skilled American workers will see greater job competition, so too will college professors.
In the end we must let more people into our country, some temporarily, many permanently, and we must dramatically ease the process. We must forgive those otherwise law-abiding men and women already here, even if it sounds too much like amnesty. We must look beyond the short-term political calculus of who will get more new voters in 2016. We must do the right thing and better welcome immigrants, and we need to do it now.
Michael J. Hicks, Ph.D., is the director of the Center for Business and Economic Research and an associate professor of economics at Ball State University. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.