8:15 AM EST, February 22, 2013
Congressional leaders have done very little in the past 70 years to prevent illegal entrance via the United States' southern border. The rationale is fairly simple: Documented or undocumented individuals provide cheap labor for businesses both large and small.
The Reagan administration's amnesty plan failed mainly because of the open border that allows easy access to anyone who was willing to work for minimum wages.
Perhaps one of the biggest legislative mistakes was to give citizenship to any child born in the United States, whether or not a parent was a citizen. To my knowledge, this is not a law in any other country. Whatever rationale was used nearly 50 years ago certainly lacked common sense, in my opinion.
The amnesty plan must not be implemented until the southern border is truly sealed, and the birth provision in law must be repealed. Unless these conditions are met, I predict there will be an even greater inflow from our poor neighbors to the south if amnesty is approved. This will take great courage from both sides of the aisle. Sadly I have little faith in our politicians to use common sense in this matter, and I expect the floodgates to open, and millions will cross the border knowing we will not enforce the law.
William G. Huppert, Perry Hall
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