Immigration must be fixed

Nothing would be worse than doing nothing about the catastrophic immigration policy we have now.

No longer do we have millions of immigrants coming through the border. In fact, we now have a negative total immigration situation, with as many people leaving as coming in.

As a result, farmers are suffering a great loss, with crops going to waste, while migrants are afraid to look for work, for fear of being deported. The economy is being slowed by the lack of visas for qualified workers for the technology industry, which is being hampered by this.

And millions of otherwise willing workers live in fear and unable to come out of the shadows because of not having the proper papers. They have been in this country for years and paying taxes but unrecognized and exploited.

It is time to fix this problem, once and for all. Congress must establish the proper laws so that people can come to this country legally and we can benefit from their presence and their labor.

Maria Rieger

Walnut Creek

Our unemployed aren't considered

The "comprehensive immigration legislation" under consideration does not take into consideration what is best for American workers.


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It was written in secret without concern for the 20 million unemployed Americans, especially struggling low-income workers. We do not have enough low-income housing, space in our schools and welfare programs now for the 10 million to 20 million more people, plus their immediate families.

The legislation resembles the failed 1986 amnesty that had an estimated fraud rate of 40 percent. Immigration officials did not then, and still do not, have the resources to check for security and accuracy.

The Department of Homeland Security has shown little interest in enforcing our present laws and border security. Let's not make the same mistake again.

Carol Joyal

Pleasanton

Remove benefits and they will leave

Tell me how anything will change if Congress passes immigration reform?

The proposal to implement reform has a cutoff date of pre-2012. That means anyone who arrived after that will not benefit from the reforms.

Tell me how those already here, and the new wave to follow, will fare differently than they do now. Basically, nothing changes.

It's political hot air for the purpose of getting re-elected and will never solve the problem. This will only result in broken promises to the American people; the same promises that were made before.

We have the ability to discourage illegal immigration naturally by denying education, health benefits, anchor-baby status, employment, driver's licenses, welfare, sanctuary cities, jury duty (proposed), housing and, well, you get the idea.

Get rid of the bait and they will go away themselves.

Michael D. Scott

Walnut Creek

Securing our borders should come first

I believe Congress should pass an immigration reform bill -- after America's borders are secured.

If America's borders remain unsecured, as they are now, and Congress passes a reform bill, then more illegal immigrants will enter the United States at record rates. Within another five to 10 years, another reform bill will have to be brought before Congress in order to deal with yet another increase of the illegal population.

The U.S. economy is currently very weak. I doubt the economy and the taxpayers could afford the increased costs if our borders remained open and unsecured.

Phil White

Brentwood

Favors reform of immigration law

I am fully in favor of a comprehensive immigration reform law.

It is high time to "legalize" the estimated 11.5 million U.S. residents, most of whom live in "blended" families that include U.S. citizens.

Many of these people have been living and working here for 20 years or more. It is their adopted country. They have earned the right to a legal status and a path to citizenship. It is time for them to come out of the shadows and to be fully integrated into our taxpaying economy.

The vast majority of the undocumented are not "freeloaders." They have come to earn a living and make other contributions. They know that the American economy and our political and legal systems afford them benefits not available in their native lands.

Living and working in the United States is in their best interest; it in the best interest of the United States, as well.

Passage of a comprehensive immigration reform act will be good for our country. May it happen sooner, not later.

George Fulmore

Concord

Immigration reform is overdue

Congress should pass an immigration reform bill, which is overdue.

The 1986 immigration reform fiasco granted amnesty, with the promise of border enforcement. There was no enforcement and now we have more than 11 million illegal immigrants. Reform should have border security, visa-tracking and E-Verify, with penalties on employers, before granting amnesty or work papers for anyone.

The triple fence in San Diego has reduced infiltration by 92 percent. Border control is a first principle of sovereignty.

The Boston bombing screams for immigration reform. Everyone they've picked up seems to have violated existing immigration laws: expired student visas; seeking political asylum from a country and then revisiting that country; and re-entering the United States without a passport.

Immigrants must be self-sufficient, supported by their sponsors and ineligible for public assistance, food stamps, Obamacare and Medicaid.

In the 1970s, 3.2 million legal immigrants arrived. In the past 10 years, 10.3 million arrived. The proposed Senate bill would bring in more than 20 million in the next 10 years. We're increasing the number of legal immigrants at the same time the number of illegal immigrants is climbing.

The current bill's unworkable, but maybe the administration wants an issue and not a solution.

Gregg Manning

Clayton

Must secure borders first, then reform

My belief is that all borders to the United States should be secure before any new legislation is passed on immigration reform. I have serious doubts that any elected official has any desire to obey the laws now in place that call for keeping illegal persons out of our country.

It seems we have open borders already. I do not believe the illegal persons in this country are "hiding in the shadows." With so many of them already here, and given the welcome mat to free education, health care and welfare, why would they be afraid of being deported in this atmosphere?

I have heard Sen. Marco Rubio explaining why the Senate's bill should be passed, and it all sounds nice except that I do not believe anyone will follow one rule on their list. I just don't believe the border will be secure, which I think should come first.

Current administration officials tell us the border is more secure now than ever, but I hear what officers who work on the border have to say, and it's a completely different story.

Border security should come first.

Dorothy K. Baker

Newark

Necessary to stop hiring practices

A reform is absolutely necessary to make sure that the laws that prevent companies from hiring illegal scabs are effectively enforced.

The reform should also implement mechanisms to deport those currently residing illegally in the country.

At the same time, Congress should pass laws that prevent the U.S. Armed Forces from invading countries, which is setting a bad example for the illegal scabs to follow.

Leo T. West

San Leandro