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* Establish fair, compassionate and practical solutions for unlawfully present populations. “The circumstances of populations that remain unlawfully present in the U.S. are varied,” Heritage Foundation immigration expert Jessica Zuckerman writes. “Congress should examine these groups and propose responsible solutions. It should not, however, repeat the mistakes of the past.”

When it comes to immigration, we need a system that welcomes immigrants, protects our sovereignty, encourages assimilation and expands opportunities for everyone. It will take time and effort to make sure that happens. A huge, catch-all bill won’t do the job.

In fact, as we’ve seen from past “comprehensive” efforts, it can make it worse. It’s time to slow down — and get it right.

Ed Feulner is president of the Heritage Foundation (heritage.org).