En­force the law

The Washington Times Weekly - - Letters To The Editor -

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

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