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Fixing immigration

Public sees need for action, even if House doesn’t

Anyone who still questioned the breadth and depth of support for immigration reform got a definitive answer last week.

In what they called a Day of Action, a coalition of business groups, including the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, pleaded for Congress to act on the immigration package this year.

They released polls that showed that 65 percent of Indiana voters and 61 percent of voters nationwide support a plan much like the one the U.S. Senate passed last year.

That bipartisan bill sets out a plan to enhance border security, creates a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants already living here and allows a fast track to allow immigrants with needed skills to join our workforce.

Conventional wisdom is that if the House fails to vote on the Senate measure by the July 31 recess, there will be no hope of passage during this fall’s election season.

Now Washington is focused on finding a short-term solution to the flood of children entering the country from Mexico and Central America.

It’s possible that the attention focused on that crisis will revive discussion of the less urgent but much more comprehensive issue of immigration reform.

The case is compelling. The House should recognize what a majority of Americans already knows – passing immigration reform would be good for America.