Don't tie immigration reform to border security

  • Article by: EDITORIAL , Bloomberg News
  • Updated: February 11, 2013 - 6:56 PM

Some say reform shouldn't happen until borders are secure. That's backwards. Here's why.

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sylvanlakeFeb. 11, 13 6:48 PM

Horribly lame.

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reedcanaryFeb. 11, 13 7:12 PM

"Illegal alien" is the more precise legal term. US residents are either citizens or aliens. Aliens come in two varieties; legal and illegal. Because our government failed to enforce overstays, 9/11 happened. Most of Mohammed Atta's crew were illegal aliens rather than illegal immigrants. Sloppy thinking and enforcement have consequences. This is sloppy reporting too. President Reagan put 3M illegal aliens on the path to citizenship in exchange for the the Democrats promise to defend the border. The editorial writer seems to be blissfully unaware that we have already tried that we are still waiting for Democrats to uphold their end of the agreement. The editorial writer is also wrong about the illegal invasion being at "historic lows". Our immigration service estimates that illegal entries are up about 10% since last year. Illegal aliens make up about 9.6% of California's workforce. California's unemployment rate is 9.7%. Unemployed Americans are receiving extended unemployment from the federal government paid for by borrowing money from Communist China to be paid for by our children. Politicians who support this nonsense should be shown the door.

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mondaveauFeb. 11, 13 7:16 PM

I agree that there are aspects of immigration reform that could be very effective in helping to secure our borders. A cornerstone policy change would be that if a person is found to be in the U.S. illegally, they forfeit any chance of ever becoming a citizen. Also, seize all assets possessed by the illegal alien and send them home with nothing. This will deter people seeking economic opportunity. Punish all parties involved in the commission of this crime against the American people. The citizens of this great country deserve peace and security. We'll never have either if we permit people who scoff our laws every moment they're here.

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jarlmnFeb. 11, 1311:20 PM

I am continually aghast at Liberals who incessantly blather about how things need to be "fair" and "equatable" and "just" and then turn right around and deliver a distinct slap in the face to all the LEGAL immigrants who patiently waited in line and went through proper channels. Once, just once, I'd like a Liberal to carefully explain exactly how it is "fair" and "equatable" and "just" to let ILLEGALs jump the line and let them disregard not only our laws, but totally disrespect all the legal immigrants? Hows that work, exactly?

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jarlmnFeb. 11, 1311:26 PM

I am continually aghast at Liberals who incessantly blather about how things need to be "fair" and "equatable" and "just" and then turn right around and deliver a distinct slap in the face to all the LEGAL immigrants who patiently waited in line and went through proper channels. Once, just once, I'd like a Liberal to carefully explain exactly how it is "fair" and "equatable" and "just" to let ILLEGALs jump the line and let them disregard not only our laws, but totally disrespect all the legal immigrants? Hows that work, exactly? I also love how they now try to cleverly frame the ILLEGALS as "undocumented migrants." They must think throwing a bit of Liberal Magic Fairy Dust in our eyes is going to blind us.

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yardboyFeb. 11, 1311:59 PM

Of course economics has become a big reason over the past decades in why we have so many illegals coming to the U.S. (along with so many people over staying their visas); there have been NO real consequences or downside for breaking our U.S. immigration laws…the main reason they are coming. Not to mention that we can’t hand out the cake & cookies (U.S. taxpayers) via welfare, food stamps, education, medical, transportation, housing, etc. What’s not to have liked? And again (like many times in the past) we have many politicians wanting that Hispanic voting block supporting their party along with other special interest groups like Laraza, the Catholic Church, etc. that want to give these law breaking aliens a pathway to citizenship (instead of using our very generous legal immigration process)!

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honeybooFeb. 12, 13 7:04 AM

Why does Mexico have and enforce border control? I read this column twice, and it was even more absurd the second time. Nations, real ones, have borders.

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krump56Feb. 12, 1310:40 AM

The solution is simple. Start fines for companies the employ illegal aliens at $25,000.00 and have them go up with there. Do not allow access to schools or healthcare. If you remove the incentives for them to come, they will go home.

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oimmigrationFeb. 12, 1310:46 AM

I do not agree. First of all they are illegal and in our country illegally. They are not immigrants, they are all lawbreakers, illegal aliens or migrants, and they all should be deported without delay, and not be rewarded with citizenship/amnesty. If you want more of something (illegal invasion) reward it, if you want less punish it. Its just common sense. Enforcing the law works. If these illegals could not get work, or welfare, or free schooling or health care, or food, housing etc...they would not come here or be here. The anchor baby problem is another problem. Come here illegally and drop a baby and the baby is a automatic citizen. This is not right and needs to change or be reformed. But the real problem is human overpopulation in Mexico and in the rest of the world, and birth or population control is the ultimate solution to immigration and border control. But in the meantime we need to secure our borders and send all the illegal home and reduce legal immigration to close to zero.

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worldcitizenFeb. 12, 1310:46 AM

For the 'left' immigration reform is the smokescreen used to hide their desire to keep the borders open. In spite of tons of illegal drugs, illegal guns, aliens taking jobs and using our schools, healthcare and welfare for free we leave the borders unprotected. Border security should be first, then let's talk about immigration reform.

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