Earlier this summer an immigration raid at the Agriprocessors meatpacking plant in Postville, Iowa, served as an important reminder of the human cost of this country's broken immigration system.
I was struck by how destructive the raid was to every aspect of the town's viability, from the local economy to the school system to the morale of the residents.
I believe that maintaining law and order in this country is critical, but the ineffectiveness and devastating consequences of these enforcement techniques is truly astounding. It was Congress that failed to act in reforming our immigration laws, but it is local communities like Postville that are paying the price.
The real solution to our broken immigration system is not massive deportation and disruption, but common sense immigration reform that upholds our American values.
Immigration reform should restore the rule of law in our workplaces and on our borders. Reform our immigration laws so that undocumented immigrants can get on the books and earn their citizenship and require them to do so.
It's time for our lawmakers to demonstrate leadership and pass immigration legislation that will bring order and stability back to our communities.