I was born and raised along the U.S.-Mexico border and understand first-hand the bilateral relationship the United States has with its neighbors. As a borderlands studies expert, I am fully aware of the interdependent relationship our industries and urban and rural communities have with foreign-born workers.
The United States is a nation of immigrants. Our country was formed by those who sought a better life for themselves and their families. We are no different today then we were in the 18th century in this aspect. Immigrants make our country the place that we are proud to call home.
We need a more efficient, affordable, and infrastructurally-sound processing system that encourages migrants to seek legal pathways for entry into our country.