WT - Enforce current immigration laws
Letters to the Editor
Enforce current immigration laws
I read the article "County's alien crackdown may spread to other areas," which dealt with the enforcement of current immigration laws (Metropolitan, July 13). I found the article to be fair in its representation of the subject matter; however, I take issue with the statement made by Arlington County Board Vice Chairman Walter Tejada.
Mr. Tejada referred to concerned citizens as "a vocal, angry minority" because they spoke out in reference to the effect of illegal immigration on county services.
Perhaps Mr. Tejada's appreciation for illegal aliens overlooks a few important points: If people arrive in the United States and they did not come through legal channels, they arrived illegally. The fact that they got into the United States does not in any way qualify them for legal status. His argument is made irrelevant by the fact that illegal aliens have no rights, as they broke the law by coming here without the proper authorization. It should come as no surprise that undocumented aliens add financial burden to state and county social services. Mr. Tejada labels me, as a taxpayer who is not interested in paying higher taxes, and other concerned citizens as angry and divisive. I just want folks to follow the rules or obey the laws. If Mr. Tejada is insinuating that people, regardless of their legal or illegal status, should not follow state and federal law, he is promoting chaos.
I am concerned that, as a nation, we send the wrong message to people outside of our country by allowing mass amnesties and special status for people who break laws. We are in essence saying, "It does not matter how you got in the United States; just get in, and we will take care of you." This implies that our laws are not to be taken seriously.
I support the votes filed by Sen. John Warner and Rep. Frank Wolf in favor of supporting the current immigration laws instead of allowing a mass amnesty. As a taxpayer in the great state of Virginia, I am in favor of standing in support of our existing laws, not caving in to special interest.