This chapter tackles the dominant border issue today, undocumented immigration, and proposes a compassionate legalization protocol supplemented by an economic stimulus to Mexico. Arguing for a return to the U.S. pre-1965 good neighbor immigration policy with no fixed limits on Western Hemisphere immigration, this chapter recognizes that Mexico’s history is interwoven with the United States’ and suggests how working toward an economically viable Mexico and developing a compassionate immigration policy that recognizes the contributions and virtue of Mexican immigrants can go hand in hand. If we embrace our Mexican immigrant entrants, we might finally acknowledge that their virtuous dream of economic survival resonates with our own vision of the American dream.
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