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Immigration reform a costly boondoggle [Letter]

One would assume that Thomas F. Schaller read all 1,100 pages of the immigration reform bill and all its amendments before he claimed that it represented the national interest ("Immigration reform would be a win for Obama and the country," June 26). He briefly mentioned that women should get "priority treatment" which could be akin to affirmative action, in my opinion.

His comments about improving the lives of working class Americans may not be realistic. How can we gain improvement of the large numbers of poorly educated and unemployed black Americans by replacing them with poorly educated individuals who have minimal skills and frequently do not speak English? It would seem to me that getting more qualified immigrants would a much better solution.

He makes little mention of the cost factor for this legislation as well as the lack of funds to support it. We can print more money, borrow more money and even increase the debt limit. I find it difficult to believe that most taxpaying Americans would be willing to add to our growing debt of $17 trillion-plus.

Then there is the growing concern about the costs of the Affordable Care Act that will begin for taxpayers in a matter of months. What benefits will we gain or lose at what cost? Even my doctors seem unable to clarify their positions. Inflation is growing but this topic rarely appears in the major media and probably in the halls of Congress. When President Ronald Reagan proposed amnesty, Congress promised to secure the border. It never happened. Secure the southern border first and then design a workable amnesty program.

William G. Huppert, Perry Hall

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