It is a choice politicians often have to make. Do they want to reach a solution? Or do they want to hang on to a problem?
Most other people, of course, prefer the solution. But, in politics, practitioners can find that they benefit more by avoiding a resolution for as long as possible. Indefinitely prolonging the debate can help both office-holders and interest groups draw attention, and donations, from people who are worried that the outcome might not go their way.
Sadly, that appears to be what is happening with Utah's two U.S. senators, Orrin Hatch and Mike Lee. Just as elected officials from all points along the political spectrum may finally be coalescing around comprehensive reforms of the nation's broken immigration laws, one that may include a path to citizenship for the estimated 11 million illegal aliens who live and work among us, Lee and Hatch are calling for a halt.