WP - Getting a Handle on Immigration
Letters To The Editor
Getting a Handle on Immigration
Saturday, May 26, 2007; Page A22
As a U.S. citizen and a child of a legal immigrant, I am outraged over the arrogance of elected representatives who do not seem to care what their constituents want in regard to illegal immigration [news story, May 20].
We've had immigration laws on the books for years that our government has refused to enforce. Now we're expected to believe yet another, 300-plus-page Rube Goldberg-ian document is going to solve the immigration woes, with a point system and reliance on the federal government to monitor the borders.
Our elected officials choose to make this issue much more difficult than it is. If you enforce border security and crack down on companies that hire illegal immigrants, it will stem the flow of illegal immigrants, and the ones who are here will go home. No work equals no money equals no reason to stay. It's that simple.
If I hear one more politician say that we can't round up all 12 million illegal immigrants and deport them, my head will explode. Certainly no rational person is suggesting this as a realistic option. Our legislators don't seem to see attrition by enforcement as an option, but it's the only viable one out there. That is what the American people want.
I was disappointed in the definition of the sides as "supporters and opponents of illegal immigration" in "Discord on the Immigration Accord" [news story, May 21].
Groups that support comprehensive immigration reform are not in favor of illegal immigration. They are working to fix a broken system and end illegal immigration.
Pro-immigrant groups simply realize that supporting immigrants and supporting the United States are not mutually exclusive. The United States must fix its broken system
so that immigrants can continue to be an integral part of our growth and prosperity.