They don’t let millions of people come into the country through safe, legal channels, but do let them come in through dangerous and exploitative ones. They ignore the national security dangers of allowing millions to live invisibly within our borders. They punish those who obey the law, and reward those who don’t. They allow coyotes to grow rich, social services to be strained and poor workers to be cheated. Worst of all, they have been doing so for decades. No wonder everyone is so angry. But we shouldn’t be taking our frustrations out on the things that make America great – like public schools, our businesses or our immigrants. Instead, we should take them out on the politicians who have for too long refused to deal with a woefully dysfunctional immigration system. If both sides of the immigration debate would let go of their distrust for each other, there is much they could agree on. Tougher enforcement and a path to citizenship aren’t mutually exclusive goals. In fact, it’s hard to imagine one doing any good without the other. But until the nation’s leaders are willing to put politics aside and fix what is manifestly broken, the anger will continue to swell. The debate will only grow uglier, and the chance to find a national consensus all the more unlikely. We need action, all right – action out of Washington.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! NO one knows what to expect from today’s immigration protest on behalf of Latino activists around the state. How many people will participate? Will supporters merely march, or will they also boycott school, work and commerce? Will it be peaceful? One thing is clear, though: The day will almost surely exacerbate, rather than improve, racial tensions. There is an increasing ugliness in the national immigration debate, and it will be on prominent display today – on both sides of the issue. What started out in March as a rally for humane immigration reform has morphed into calls for a boycott that serves neither the interests of immigrants nor the nation at large. And as immigration restrictionists bristle at some of the more extreme elements of the protest movement, their own extremists’ latent racism and xenophobia becomes ever more naked. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl eventSo we get a “Nothing gringo” campaign on one side and signs bearing slogans like “12 million out now!” on the other. The debate has grown increasingly toxic, with both sides assuming the worst about each other. At a time when the nation should be coming together to support comprehensive immigration reform, it’s being riven by ethnic and ideological division. Blame for this sad state of affairs goes less to the activists on either side, though, and more to Washington. It is the nation’s political leaders, Democrat and Republican alike, who, through their own inaction, have allowed the immigration debate to boil over. On this much all sides of the immigration issue agree: Our current policies are a disaster. Rather than do their jobs, national leaders have been content to maintain laws that they lack the will to enforce.