WT - Too good to be true
Letters to the editor
Too good to be true
Donna Brazile's Commentary column espousing the virtues of the current immigration bill sounds good until one steps back and examines the results the president's solution promotes ("Test of persuasion," yesterday). Miss Brazile says the immigration "reform" bill will give those already here reason to come out of the shadows in addition to having something to enforce our laws. Many of those who are here illegally may come out of the shadows, but many more may come here under cover of darkness and claim that they have been here all along.
No law guarantees enforcement. The last "immigration reform," in 1986, was a dismal failure precisely because its enforcement measures were ignored, leading us directly to where we are today.
As far as the fixes Ms. Brazile says this will create, therein lies the rub. There is nothing so tenuous as a "comprehensive" piece of legislation. It is far better to take a multistage approach in which the most critical aspects are broached first, such as border security and enforcement of laws meant to discourage states and employers from giving aid and social services to those who came here illegally. That will, for the most part, alleviate the need for massive deportations and having to look for those who won't come out of the shadows.
Without a hope for jobs and free medical care, most of those who came here illegally will leave of their own accord.
If anyone wants to come to America, he or she needs to return to his or her native land and apply legally, not jump the line and sneak in like a common thief.