Senate's reform proposal is flawed

I don't support the Senate's immigration reform proposal.

Lawmakers say we need to increase immigration of qualified high-skill workers because our educational system is not producing qualified workers in this country. Then they say we must allow immigration of unskilled workers because Americans are unwilling to do those jobs.

So what are graduates from our educational system doing if they are unprepared for skilled jobs and unwilling to do unskilled jobs?

The senators who say Americans will not do unskilled jobs need to finish the sentence with "at the prevailing wage rate." If we make our welfare system a safety net instead of a hammock, and stop allowing millions of illegal immigrants to artificially deflate the prevailing wage, the market will find a rate that American employers will pay and American workers will accept.

As for the skilled jobs, fix our broken educational system so America's graduates have the proper skills instead of rolling over, playing dead and pretending we can't staff our industries.

Dennis Stokely

San Ramon

Beware of GOP chameleons


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I approve the Senate's immigration reform proposal, but offer some insights.

What a difference a few months make. The Republican Party is again acting like a chameleon for political gain.

Republicans are "re-branding" themselves, trying to act more compassionate and doing an about-face on the immigration issue. During the last campaign, their immigration reform policy consisted of building more fences (John McCain), self-deportation (Mitt Romney), and racial profiling (Jan Brewer).

When the electorate rightly rejected their ideas, they had to regroup and rethink. They saw there are now 23.7 million Latino eligible voters, an increase of 22 percent in four years. They saw that every 30 seconds, a Latino turns 18. They saw that minority births make up more than half the births in the United States. They know a party of old, white males isn't going to cut it anymore. They're not on board with true immigration reform because they believe in it, but because they've been smacked in the face with the reality that they're irrelevant in today's America.

Unfortunately, we have to be on guard, because like the chameleon, they will more than likely change their color back again.

Dennis Wasco

Clayton

An invasion of foreigners

There is a difference between "immigration" and "invasion."

What we have here is an invasion of foreigners who have no right to be here. They knew they were breaking our laws when they chose to sneak in here under the cover of night and scatter to the four corners of this country.

"Immigration" is the legal process of acquiring a sponsor and the right paperwork to be legally admitted to a country. I have sponsored more than 50 individuals from Europe who have the education and capabilities to contribute positively and are no burden to taxpayers. They have housing, jobs and pay taxes.

I simply do not buy the scenario that "even if they got here illegally, if they didn't commit any crimes, they should stay." They did commit crimes by first violating our immigration laws and then remaining here.

There is no way that invading lawbreakers should be permitted to stay here and mooch off us. They should be rounded up and deported -- no matter how long it takes.

Dawn Magnussen

Brentwood

If enacted in its entirety, it'll work

If the Senate's immigration reform proposal is enacted in its entirety, it will work.

The problem is that every few years, since 1965, we have addressed immigration. The most successful attempt was in 1986 when we welcomed about 3 million illegal immigrants.

The 1986 bill called for the tough enforcement of border controls and strict penalties against employers who hired illegal immigrants. Neither of these actions was taken and now we are addressing in excess of 12 million illegal immigrants.

The current proposition calls for the tracking of visas, strong border controls, green cards for those with advanced degrees and a nationwide implementation of E-Verify by all employers. Nearly 60 percent of illegal immigrants come from Mexico, but that may lessen since their economy is doing better than ours and they are becoming a majority middle-class country.

Some politicians will want to forgive the required fees and put illegals ahead of those who followed the rules, paid and are waiting.

The devil is always in the details and it has been the details that have to date stopped real immigration reform.

Gregg Manning

Clayton

Rescind citizenship by birthright

Immigration reform must take place in some way, shape or form. However, it is my opinion that Section 1 of the 14th Amendment to the Constitution should be rescinded.

There is no acceptable reason why "anchor babies," children born in the United States to illegal immigrants, should be granted citizenship. The medical and educational expense alone associated with these babies and their illegal parents are a total drain on our governmental resources.

Australia rescinded birthright citizenship in 2007, New Zealand in 2006, Ireland in 2005, France in 1993 and the United Kingdom in 1983.

Why must we bear the brunt of healing and educating the children of those who refuse to follow the required path to citizenship? It must be that we are suckers and continue to do it and the illegal immigrants know it.

Ann Carrick

Concord

It's the only plan that makes real sense

I wholly agree with the Senate's immigration proposal.

It's the best of all others that have been presented. What makes it special is:

You secure borders first. It doesn't take a rocket scientist to come up with the simple and most important requirement before addressing other portions of the reform proposal. It's only logical and common sense to stop the flow of anything before tending to the main issue.

Example, before you replace a faulty electrical switch, you first cut off the power. Before replacing a water faucet, you first turn off the water flow.

Let's hope and pray some bleeding-heart politicians from left field don't attempt to water down the Senate immigration reform proposal with illogical, irrational rhetoric, as usually happens.

Rudolph Jimenez

Newark

A welcome mat along the border

The Senate and President Barack Obama, in publicly announcing they are going to give illegal immigrants a pathway to citizenship, in essence, are putting out a 1,200-mile-long welcome mat right along the Mexican border.

Seeing that we can't secure our borders, the better solution is for the United States to simply go in and conquer Mexico, make all Mexicans U.S. citizens, and then make Mexico the 51st state.

End of problem.

John Mullany

Richmond

Not land of free for everyone

We are the only country that rewards illegal behavior.

What happens when the next million immigrants come illegally? This country has got to start taking care of our own instead of sending money to other countries that hate us. Medical benefits have soared for responsible citizens who do without to pay their huge medical insurance bills.

This is not the land of the free for everyone and it's time we put that message across.

Jo Ann Stooksberry

Fremont

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