This article originally appeared in The Hill.

No election in recent memory has divided the American people the way this one has, and the issue of immigration is at the center of both campaigns and our national conversation. What do we want our country to look like? How will other nations see us? While we won’t have all the answers until long after November 8th, one thing is for certain; neither Donald Trump nor Hillary Clinton will completely have his or her way.

The next President will, however, have a huge impact on how the country progresses on the issue of immigration, but they will not be able to do it alone. Whether it’s building more walls to deter illegal immigration or accepting increased numbers undocumented refugees from all over the world, the reality is far more complex than either of these scenarios and the policy outcome will likely reside somewhere between these two extremes. However, no matter who is elected, there will be changes in the way America looks at immigration.

In the first 100 days of the 45th President’s term we can expect to see an in-depth re-examination of the entire immigration process. Nearly everyone can agree that the existing system could benefit from changes to accept individuals seeking a better life balanced against better protecting American citizens. Upgraded screening and monitoring of immigrants and visitors will likely top the agenda along with a continuation of the discussion around the proper scope of executive branch authority.  Immigration is a topic that is receiving international attention, and leaders around the world are making changes in a rapidly evolving world. America is an important voice in this international conversation about how to be a welcoming nation while at the same time controlling its borders.

Both candidates have proposed a sweeping overhaul of current immigration policy, with Hillary Clinton promising a comprehensive immigration policy in her first 100 days to include the creation of a national Office of Immigration Affairs and continuation of President Obama’s Deferred Action for Parent of Americans (DAPA) executive order. Donald Trump has offered his own sweeping version of immigration reform, including an overhaul of the H-1B visa program and tripling the number of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers to better enforce existing immigration law. We can also expect new regulations from the next president to streamline background checks, enabling the government to speed up the process of determining who can come into the country immediately and those who require further documentation. Immigration courts, too, are overdue for technological innovation and streamlining to better meet the needs of an overburdened and out of date process struggling to keep up with demand.

Once there is a more efficient system to get people into the U.S., and process effectively those who need to leave, it will be easier to gain public support to help those who may be fleeing from hostile environments and want to settle in America. Currently, one of the greatest challenges is the fear of the unknown. When there is confidence in the system, prospective immigrants will be more likely to use the system, and existing citizens will be more likely to welcome newcomers.

In a time where some would like to see harm come to America, these background checks and a smart overhaul of U.S. immigration policy will be key in creating a safer, more efficient environment for everyone. We need a system that is fair, a system that is secure, and a system that remains true to America’s ideals.

The idea that we are a nation of immigrants is as true today in the 21st Century as it was in the 18th Century. It is important to look beyond the rhetoric espoused by proponents of the extreme immigration reform proposals coming from either campaign. Meaningful change on immigration in the first 100 days of the next administration will only occur if the candidates appeal to more moderate elements in the Congress to ensure the best possible result for all involved.

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Eduardo Aguirre

Eduardo Aguirre is former U.S. ambassador to Spain and Andorra. His 40-year career spans government service, banking and business consulting. Read More