Hi. Look, so maybe I haven’t been that good this year–I admit that I pretended not to hear the twins crying at night sometimes, so that Kory would get up with them, and I may have used the phrase “knock it off” a few too many times with Sam.
But, still, I certainly haven’t asked for much lately, so it seems like you could, you know, cut me a little slack here?
Because here’s what I really, really, really want for Christmas this year: an immigration policy that’s not an embarrassment, a tragedy, and an affront to justice. In the interest of full disclosure, I’ll admit, I have selfish reasons for choosing this particular holiday request.
I want to be able to go to sleep at night without thinking about little kids whose parents never came home from work. I want to check my email without reading heartbreaking appeals from honors students facing deportation over a broken taillight. I want to complain about the heat next August without haunting visions of people dying trying to cross the desert. I want to tell my kids about the Statue of Liberty without feeling like a fraud.
But this is a real bargain of a gift, Santa, because, while I’m the one asking, I’m certainly not the only one who would benefit. We could use extra billions in GDP, new tax revenues, and the savings from reductions in wasteful enforcement spending. We’ll be safer once our immigration enforcement can focus on those who are real security risks. American workers will benefit from not competing with those so desperate they’ll accept a job at any wage. And, while I’ll grant that your mailbox may not be full of letters asking for CIR this year, polls show that I’m not alone in my wish.
So, Santa, what do you say? I mean, stockings filled with toys and sugarplums are great, I guess, but wouldn’t you rather give the gift that keeps on giving–giving families a chance to live as a family, workers dignity on the job, communities the security of living as neighbors, and our country the chance to honor our past and restore our future?
That’s what I thought, big guy. I appreciate it.
PS. And my son wants a Lego cargo train, but I think he’d settle for cap and trade legislation, if you want to throw that in.