A few weeks ago, one of the tea party's "ideological heroes," Rep. Paul Ryan, said Congress should pass immigration reform. Back in 2001, Utah's own Sen. Orrin Hatch attempted to tackle immigration issues by proposing the DREAM Act, a bill that would provide citizenship to U.S. high school graduates with "good moral character."
Now, despite widespread political collaboration and a desperate need for immigration reform, there is a vocal minority hoping to delay or kill this year's immigration reform efforts. This is wrong. Killing or delaying immigration reform is not just an impractical step economically, it is the wrong way forward from a moral perspective.
Since the settlement of our country by mass immigration many groups have struggled to obtain rights that other groups already had. We've witnessed this perpetual struggle for equality and civil rights for women, minorities, labor, youth and LGBT people. Now we must turn our attention to another class of people striving for equality: the undocumented.