Im­mi­gra­tion dis­as­ter

Austin American-Statesman - - OPINION -

The ar­ti­cle said that if the im­mi­gra­tion bill giv­ing amnesty to il­le­gal stu­dents is sup­ported by Congress and Pres­i­dent Barack Obama, Cal­i­for­nia and Texas will be the “biggest win­ners.”

As an im­mi­grant who used to pre­pare amnesty and other im­mi­gra­tion ap­pli­ca­tions, I must warn His­pan­ics and other Amer­i­cans that this leg­is­la­tion will be a dis­as­ter. It will lead to more le­gal and il­le­gal im­mi­grants and there­fore more job seekers, stu­dents, pa­tients and higher bud­get deficits. This is be­cause those stu­dents, once nat­u­ral­ized, could be mo­bi­lized to op­pose all mea­sures to se­cure our bor­ders.

Many will pe­ti­tion for their relatives to im­mi­grate, and most will need jobs, health care and other so­cial ser­vices.

There­fore, Texas and Cal­i­for­nia will be the biggest losers, not win­ners.

Yeh ling-ling ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor al­liance for a sus­tain­able usa yehlin­gling@asus­tain­ableusa.org

orinda, Calif.

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