Director, Commonwealth Policy Center

The pictures on the nightly news are jarring: thousands of migrants from Central America pushing their way through Mexico, sometimes overwhelming police checkpoints in order to press on toward the United States. Some have likened it to a small army and an invasion. While we welcome immigrants, we must also do so in an orderly way. We must know who's coming to this country and their intentions. We're a land of opportunity; a place where people can get a new start and provide a better future for their families. But we're also a place of law and order. Which should be a reminder that we have something here that's worth coming to; We have the rule of law, freedom of speech and religion, safe streets and economic opportunity—and if we didn't work to maintain these things, this nation would not be worth coming to.