The time is ripe for comprehensive immigration reform. Border enforcement has brought illegal crossings down by 80 percent over the last two decades. Fortune 500 business leaders and farmers are unified in demanding a system that meets 21st-century economic needs. And pretending that the 12 million illegal immigrants who are already here can and will just go away is no longer feasible. This week, a bipartisan group of senators, as well as President Obama, all publicly agreed to these basic principles. This itself is tremendous progress. But success will ultimately come down to the details of a legislative proposal. And it is always the details that undermine comprehensive immigration reform.
The hopeful news is that many leaders of the Republican Party seem ready to endorse a comprehensive plan. Senator Marco Rubio, a rising star among Republicans, has put the full weight of his career behind pushing a resolution that would include a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants.