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Security starts with immigration overhaul

I grieve for the "new normal" of Erika Brannock and for her future ("For bombing victim, a 'new normal,'" June 19). And I grieve for the future of America if our "new normal" is a government relentlessly spying on law abiding citizens.

Until this country decides to overhaul our immigration and visa system, all this surveillance and "meta data" will be useless. We have a love affair with the "huddled masses" and "wretched refuse" of the world so there will be more Erika Brannocks and others whose "new normal" will also be tragic. Study the details of the current immigration reform bill. How can we have national security if millions of undocumented foreigners reside here and no one cares what they do or who they are? How can we have national security if folks on visas overstay and then disappear into the shadows? How can we have national security if we grant asylum to the likes of accused Boston Marathon bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev?

The NSA is welcome to look at my phone records any time, but only when the government takes national security seriously and knows exactly who is in the country and why they are here.

Rosalind Ellis Heid, Baltimore

Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun
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