You are here

Gap between US left and right is growing

A shrinking centre means policymaking is becoming a battle of ideas instead of a search for pragmatic solutions

Proposals to reform immigration are dead in the water in Washington. Republicans who do not want to antagonise their xenophobic electoral base oppose any plan to allow illegals to apply for US citizenship, and the Democrats supported by the majority of Hispanic voters resist efforts to safeguard the southern borders by building a fence there.

THE American immigration system is broken. At the top of the list of the problems: Around 11 million illegal immigrants, also known as "illegals" or "undocumented workers", most of them from Mexico and Central America and who reside and work in the country as thousands of illegals continue to