Commentary: Congress should study up on immigration reform

Here's a homework assignment for members of Congress: During summer recess, take home the Council on Foreign Relations report on immigration reform. Read it carefully. It's a bipartisan blueprint for how to fix our broken immigration system.

Twice, in 2006 and 2007, legislative efforts to reform immigration fell apart. Emotionally charged arguments over what to do about the 12 million illegal immigrants living in this country turned the legislative debate into a futile shouting match.

Since then, the flow of undocumented workers has slowed down as the job market tightens in this recession. But recessions don't fix dysfunctional immigration systems. Undocumented immigrants are still here, living in the shadows.

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