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Immigration: Don't trust the Democrats

The headline over The Sun's recent editorial regarding immigration asks, "Can GOP compromise on immigration?" (Oct. 29) Why should they?

In 1986, President Ronald Reagan believed the Democratic Congress when they promised that if he signed the immigration reform legislation giving citizenship to the estimated 3 million illegal immigrants, the borders would be secured. Going against his instinctive belief in "trust but verify," he signed it. Now, with an estimated 12 million illegal immigrants once again claiming the right to citizenship, we know the "verify" never happens. And looking at the 1986 fiasco, Speaker of the House John Boehner should not "trust" President Barack Obama's current offering of compromise.

If President Obama's approach to immigration reform on a piecemeal basis is sincere, all he needs to do is tell Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to pass that type of bill in the U.S. Senate. The House would surely follow.

Absent the Senate retracting their recent passed global approach bill, Speaker Boehner would be wise to not fall into the must-do-something-now trap that the Democrats are proposing.

As far as the Sun's suggestion that many Republicans feel safe in their gerrymandered districts and that is causing this push back on immigration reform, one only has to look at Maryland's gerrymandering to know how well it works.

Ron Wirsing, Havre de Grace

Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun
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