The Policy Dilemma

Trying to Stem the Illegal Tide Congress, Once Again, Prepares to Tackle Reform Proposals

Does the U.S. have an immigration problem? If so, what should be done about it? There is no national consensus on these vexing questions. Indeed, the ambivalent feelings that America's latest immigrant wave inspire among ordinary citizens are mirrored in the labyrinthine processes of Washington. In the past decade, immigration reform has been probed, studied, debated and lobbied almost interminably on Capitol Hill. So far, the effort has failed to produce any comprehensive changes.

Congress will stage its Sisyphean ordeal again this year. In May Republican Senator Alan K. Simpson of Wyoming introduced a new version of his much debated Immigration...

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