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Hillary is running scared

Here we go again with the same old argument about a broken immigration system. The only reason Hillary Clinton has changed her tune since 2008 and is now pandering to the Hispanic vote is because she is running scared due to all the questions concerning Benghazi, her emails, etc. ("Immigration takes center stage," May 8).

The current immigration system would work fine if the laws long passed by Congress were fully enforced. But now we have a president and a presidential candidate who thumb their respective noses at the law.

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Those who sneak across our borders and overstay their visas are not immigrants. They are persons unlawfully present on U.S. soil, pure and simple.

This whole mess is exacerbated by the 14th Amendment, which is a relic of the past that served its purpose but now needs to be updated to reflect current realities.

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At the minimum at least one birth parent should be a legal resident of this country in order to guarantee citizenship. This would effectively remove one incentive for people illegally crossing our borders or coming here on birth tourism visas — having a child born in this country in hopes of making it easier for the parents to gain citizenship in the future.

I can only surmise that Democrats oppose such a change in the 14th Amendment because it might deprive them of future votes.

Michael V. Ernest, Catonsville


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