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Letter to the Editor: Regarding Alcorn’s immigration comments

Posted 7/18/18

I supported President Reagan’s immigration law as a reasonable approach to the roughly three million illegal aliens in the country at that time. Years later, 11 million. A law designed to solve …

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Letter to the Editor: Regarding Alcorn’s immigration comments

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I supported President Reagan’s immigration law as a reasonable approach to the roughly three million illegal aliens in the country at that time. Years later, 11 million. A law designed to solve a problem provided incentives for greater problems down the road. Give Americans reasonable assurance that the border is secure and immigration reform becomes possible.

Rick Perry’s debate remark that you can’t build a fence on a river bank and your comment about securing right-of-way shows it’s complicated. But I can’t blame the people of Arizona and Texas for insisting something be done about drug-runners, traffickers and families with children scrambling across their ranches. In a recent broadcast Jeh Johnson, former Homeland Security Secretary, agreed that there are currently 1,000 crossings a day, not a trivial number. I’ve read that the wall outside San Diego has been successful and is locally popular. We need to continue such efforts to convince Americans and their representatives what can be done is being done. We are perfectly justified to expect an honest effort and honest answers.

With that confidence, we can adjust our immigration policies to accommodate the labor shortage that economic growth will likely soon generate. We can deal with illegal immigrants fairly and humanely. I don’t believe anyone wants open borders, any more than they want our respective law enforcement agencies crossing the Rio Grande to apprehend suspects. Build reasonably effective barriers, build confidence, then write the legislation.

Bruce Ellis,
Arvada

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