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Millions of illegals cost nation billions

In Jay Hancock's column "Immigrants can come to economy's rescue again" (Jan. 21), he suggests, "Properly managed, a doubling or tripling of immigration in the coming decades can help get us out of this [tight spot]."

Does he know that in this time of severe economic downturn and a shrinking job market, American workers have to compete with 138,000 additional foreign workers arriving here each year? And that, by some estimates, there are already 20 million illegal immigrants here?

A recent Federation for American Immigration Reform study found that the cost of illegal immigration to the state of North Carolina is more than $1 billion, a level of costs replicated or exceeded in many other states.

This county has no labor shortage. And the legal immigration problem is even worse than the illegal immigration issue.

Donald A. Collins, Washington

The writer is a member of the board of the Federation for American Immigration Reform.

Workers can't afford more job competition

Jay Hancock's disregard for the plight of unemployed Americans is shocking ("Immigrants can come to economy's rescue again," Jan. 21).

More than 11 million people are now looking for a job. Millions more are involuntarily working part-time or have grown so discouraged they have stopped looking for work altogether.

The best way to help the economy is to get these people back to work.

We need an immediate moratorium on immigration and guest-work visas, not more competition for Americans who can't find work.

C. Paul Mendez, Silver Spring

Obama's BlackBerry may endanger others

I have to disagree with Jean Marbella's opinion that President Barack Obama should keep his BlackBerry ("Obama needs to have his BlackBerry," Jan. 25). I think that if the Secret Service has so much concern over the problems the device could cause, Mr. Obama should stop using it.

If he needed to preserve some normalcy, Mr. Obama should not have become president.

By keeping that device, Mr. Obama is not only putting himself in possible danger but also endangering his family and the Secret Service agents assigned to protect him.

Ron Fleischmann, Pasadena

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