Practical and emotion-free proposals to immigration issues are hard to come by these days.
But National Review and The Atlantic writer Reihan Salam has taken up the challenge. In his new book, the son of Bangladeshi immigrants suggests a compromise: an amnesty for long-time undocumented immigrants coupled with a merit-based system that would benefit high-skilled immigrants.
To strike such a deal, progressives and conservatives would have to make hard concessions. The first headache? Selling the idea of an amnesty to conservative Republicans.
For Omar the mission is simple, put a check on the rhetoric of fear and division in the immigrant community. On the heels of her landslide victory in Minnesota’s 5th district with 78 percent of the vote, the Somali-American who ran as a Democrat in the 2018 midterm elections, resolved that she would propel an agenda of moving the country in a more hopeful, inclusive and prosperous direction.