I believe that our country’s policy of looking the other way for many a year, regardless of the reasons why, actually encouraged the increases in illegal border crossings. It created a mindset that proved hard to change. When a governing body encourages or sanctions an illegal activity, it becomes complicit in the breaking of that law. We therefore share in the responsibility for the problem that it has created. We should understand that our moral high ground was sacrificed long ago.
I do not pretend to know the exact details of what our comprehensive immigration reform should look like. But to be “fair,” we need to drop the holier-than-thou innocent party act. We need to acknowledge that we also made some mistakes, accept our share of the responsibility for the problem, forget the blame game, and work towards an equitable solution that solves the problem for now and prevents it from reoccurring in the future.