America has always been a land of immigrants. From the reds to the whites and blacks, whether we begin counting beginning 14,000 years ago or 1200 years ago or 500 years ago or 200 years ago. Whether the “Mayflower” was an ice bridge traversed on foot or the ocean navigated by boat.
Immigration reform in the Americas is a matter of history. Nations had yielded nation-states because of internally displaced peoples on both sides of the Atlantic. The universal human right of the free movement of the peoples of the world from where there are more to where there are few, is once again causing significant clamor on both sides of the aisle. This travail of social integration is because of the travesty of the claim over being the first movers, from the reds to the blacks.
Equal justice under law covers and co-exists at once with the process of absorption of the various peoples into the aspiration of producing one people. Often, the politics of memory prevails, because memories tens of thousands years long can be counted on to become fuzzier than those which are merely a few hundred years old. Culture changed in the territory that is now the United States of America from Pocahontas and John Rolfe to Stanley Ann Dunham and Barack Obama Sr., and so did the attendant acculturation.
Elaborate schemes have always been proposed to balance between the economic necessity of foreign labor and social stability, but at the end of the day no structure has ever been imposed over migration. The reality of migration as a demographic and social phenomenon can provide the simple solution to the complexity of its governance which is often see as an economic and political problem.
Immigration must be left to a new or renamed government entity called the Department of Culture in an age when the Department of War is also the Department of Peace in the land of liberty a la the land from which the statue of liberty and the Enlightenment had come, because the economics and politics of immigration are primary cultural in origins.
The purpose of such a department would be the path to American citizenship by naturalization of all migrants, legal and illegal, through a government mediated matching for marriage with Americans.
The de facto shortest route to becoming Americans, whether that was John Smith and John Rolfe or Barack Obama Sr., might as well be made de jure, for the convenience of marriage has always played a critical role in geopolitics.