It is in times of plenty when the American "inclusive" gene appears at its highest. Today, as the media shapes and express' the "American" view of the Immigration conversation, it is increasingly the "view" of the journalist, commentator, editor, or producer that frames the "image" many have in their minds. Images of illegal drugs, border crossings, and illegitimate access to government entitlement programs paint a picture of immigrants as poachers on the American taxpayer. Developing a comprehensive Immigration strategy and policy, placing increased emphasis on Math, Science, and Reading skills in K-12 education, and re-defining the societal benefits of diversity, in the media and the workplace, will create a creative and innovative generation of Americans prepared and willing to once again become a true leader among the economies of the world.
There are many "illegal" activities associated with immigration, they are all against the law, and each presents the potential for tremendous harm to American society as a whole. These activities do not however accurately define the "American Immigrant", they describe the "illegal immigrant, they are not the same. It's now time for the Who, What, When, and Where in "America" to define, develop, implement, and actively take part in the real "Immigration Conversation".