Enforce the law
I applaud Reps. Heath Shuler, North Carolina Democrat, and Brian P. Bilbray, California Republican, for co-sponsoring an enforcement-only bill to address illegal immigration and reject amnesty.
I was chief of United States Border Patrol during the 1980s when the Immigration Reform and Control Act (IRCA) was passed.
At that time, we granted amnesty to about three million illegal aliens. Document fraud was rampant at that time. Now we have upward of 20 million illegals in the country, and some lawmakers in Congress want to pass amnesty again.
Be very clear: Amnesty is not the answer. It only worsens the problem and allows Mexico and other countries to depopulate their countries of excess workers.
Advocates of amnesty will tell you that our immigration system is broken and very complex. As one who has spent half a century working in and evaluating immigration in the United States, I will tell you that it is not broken.
Our legislators, both Republican and Democrat, lack the courage to enforce the laws as the majority of the American people wish. If we vigorously enforce employer sanctions, the jobs available to illegal aliens will dry up and they (at least the law-abiding ones) will repatriate to their countries of origin. The criminal illegal aliens who remain, we can deal with them.
Well done Mr. Shuler, Mr. Bilbray, et al. Hugh Brien Former Chief U.S. Border Patrol(retired) Manassas, Virginia