The U.S. Senate is due to take up the long-overdue comprehensive reform of the nation's antiquated and counterproductive immigration system. It is crucial, for reasons political, economic and, most of all, humanitarian, that this reform package move forward with all deliberate speed and not be allowed to run aground on any of a multiplicity of troublesome details.
A key to the success or failure of this reform is Utah's senior senator, Orrin Hatch. His status among his fellow Republicans can provide needed leadership or political cover for others who may be on the fence.
Hatch has long called for a reworking of the nation's immigration laws and has, off and on, championed such excellent ideas as legal status for people brought to the United States as children, as well as expanding the availability of guest worker status for both agricultural workers and for workers valued by the high-tech sector.