Barabara Jordan was a brilliant woman. She was also a Democrat member of the House of Representatives and a Liberal. Her words before Congress regarding Immigration Reform back in 1995 should be required reading by the present Admin and Congress and her committee's understanding and take on dealing with immigration need to be stressed as correct guidelines.

We've gone way off the path in how we've messed this issue up and the current agenda of blame and suing individual states trying to enforce laws the Fed turns theior back on is completely opposite of what a great American helped build a blueprint to achieve.

Barbara Jordan hasn't been gone but 14 years but the Dem Party and DC seem to have changed completely in their views on this topic......

Her speech:
http://www.utexas.edu/lbj/uscir/022495.html
To make sense about the national interest in immigration, it is necessary to make distinctions between those who obey the law, and those who violate it. Therefore, we disagree, also, with those who label our efforts to control illegal immigration as somehow inherently anti-immigrant. Unlawful immigration is unacceptable.
deportation is crucial. Credibility in immigration policy can be summed up in one sentence: those who should get in, get in; those who should be kept out, are kept out; and those who should not be here will be required to leave. The top priorities for detention and removal, of course, are criminal aliens. But for the system to be credible, people actually have to be deported at the end of the process.
the Commission recommends better border management. Far more can and should be done to meet the twin goals of border management: deterring illegal crossings while facilitating legal ones. But we have to recognize both goals.
Immigration is far too important to who we are as a nation to become a wedge issue in Presidential politics. We have seen that kind of thing happen before, and it is not productive. I, for one, wish that we would do away with all the hyphenation and just be Americans, together