In 21st Century America, Democrats and Republicans rarely reach consensus. Our nation faces many pressing social and economic issues, yet bipartisanship is a word not readily associated with Washington, D.C. Polarizing policies on both sides of the aisle often prevent Congress from passing substantive legislation to enact meaningful reform.
Fortunately, Democrats and Republicans are reaching consensus on the dismal state of the U.S. immigration system. Both political parties agree the current system is broken, deeply flawed and creating negative economic consequences. However, many potential 2016 presidential candidates fail to offer a viable plan to address the 11 million undocumented immigrants currently living in the United States.
For example, Sen. Rand Paul was quoted in a June 2014 article in the Wall Street Journal as saying the Republican Party is “trapped by rhetoric and words and amnesty is a word that’s trapped (Republicans).” However, this rhetorical trap has yet to equate to support of a pathway to citizenship or legal status.