By Jade Sells
As a young twenty-something in the nation’s capital, I have been faced with several different ideas, theories, strategies, and plans. I see value in so many of these things presented to me, that I have a hard time choosing a side. I seemed to have found myself in what my colleague has described as the mushy middle.
However, I am taking advantage of having the opportunity to hear from and speak with so many intelligent and powerful people. Everyday I feel like I have come one step closer to firming up my opinions. After hearing so many compelling arguments from both conservatives and liberals, I have been able to sift through the validity in all arguments. Through this I have been able to make educated and informed decisions on what is most important to me.
One example would be increasing tax base and revenue through immigration reform. I have been able to identify the validity of both conservative and liberal arguments. I understand that immigration reform, in some ways, can comparable to amnesty and in some ways could incentivize illegal immigration. However, reforming immigration does not have to mean amnesty. It could be reformed in ways that require a shared responsibility and increase tax base and revenue through newly naturalized citizens. I have been able to make decisions on what is more important to me and my experiences in D.C. have educated and helped me to make those decisions.