Immigration Reform and the City on a Hill

Today the Wall Street Journal has published a statement signed by 33 conservative leaders endorsing a vision for immigration reform embraced by Reagan when he called America a “shining city on the hill.”  Pointing to the success of the Bracero program in reducing illegal border crossings and the failure of the 1986 legislation which did not provide for legal immigration to fill jobs in our growing economy, they support comprehensive reform, strengthening our security through enforcement of existing laws and acknowledging that the main incentive for immigration is our economic strength.