WT - What Americans want from immigration reform
Letters to the editor
What Americans want from immigration reform
The amnesty bill has died a good death, but we shouldn't pat ourselves on the back and wait for the next debacle ("Immigration bill quashed," Page 1, Friday). I encourage all Americans to continue to drive home our message to our elected representatives. We're not only sick and tired but angry with people who break our laws at the border — and yes, that includes our northern border and shores. We don't want amnesty in any form. We don't want to be called racists, and emphatically reject that term, because illegal immigration is not a race-based issue. Anyone who pulls out the race card does so only because they know the racist label is incendiary and their other arguments have failed.
We don't want lawbreakers in any form, ever; we already grow enough of those from within. We don't want a subclass of illegal workers abused by greedy employers, willing to work for lower pay than employable Americans would. We don't believe illegals are doing work Americans won't do. We don't want legal immigrants treated like illegal aliens just because they're from a certain ethnic group. We don't want special programs that permit illegal aliens to get drivers' licenses (pay attention, Maryland), at the expense of law-abiding Americans.
We do want the world's tired, its poor and its hungry, people who want a better life, but not under the existing circumstances. We want to see immigrants who have waited in line become citizens who have learned our language and assimilated. We want people treated equally and with respect. We want existing laws enforced, and that includes punishing employers who hire and take advantage of illegals. We want our representatives to bring forth incremental bills to fix existing problems with the laws that allow the continued influx of illegals. And we want our courts to be able to deport lawbreakers expeditiously and permanently. If it takes a fence, so be it. If we need a guest-worker program, create one, but only after many of the existing illegal aliens have gone home.
And to our elected representatives, you know who we are. Many of you heard our voices this week. But, shame on those of you who voted against your people. We may not have read the entire amnesty bill or any of it; most of you didn't, either. But we're not as stupid as some of you seemingly think we are.