Immigration reform is always a contentious issue and is only made more difficult when certain concepts become associated with U.S. political parties.
It is generally accepted that more conservative politicians opt for border control, which is a political buzzword that equates to stopping Mexican immigrants from ever entering the country in the first place.
Liberal thinkers generally ascribe to some sort of legalization scheme, which allows for easier pathways to immigration so it’s harder for people to become illegal.
Many people think that border control is the answer because of slightly flawed thinking. They think that if you keep people from illegally crossing the border, illegal immigration would stop. This is completely mistaken.
Not only are there 11 million people without immigration status in the United States who will not simply go away upon the institution of greater border control, but a lot of undocumented immigrants of the United States would not be deterred by a fence or patrols along the border.
In fact, many undocumented immigrants in the United States came in from a different country than Mexico, across a different border than the one to the South and may not even be aware that they are out of compliance with law.
The point of immigration reform is not to simply stop illegal immigration. It is to make it fair and beneficial to all parties involved.
Border control may seem like a silver bullet for the issue, but it would only end up alienating a large part of the current U.S. economy.
The sensible solution is to truly reform how immigrants come into the United States and not think that an international, economic, political and sociological problem can be solved with constructing an enormous, ugly and frightening fence.