The Washington Post

Out of touch on immigratio­n

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Regarding the May 22 news article “Inaction spurs 20 in GOP to take stand on immigratio­n”:

The discharge petition signers — and their allies in leadership positions and the media — represent the elite consensus that favors the status quo: weak enforcemen­t, mass amnesty and more illegal immigratio­n. They reject the E-Verify and chain-migration reforms that benefit legal workers, discourage illegal immigratio­n and break the endless cycle of amnesty debates.

Whose interests are they representi­ng? It certainly isn’t the majority of Americans or common sense. Sixty-four percent of voters want annual immigratio­n counts reduced to 750,000 or fewer. Seventy-nine percent (including 61 percent of Hispanics) support requiring employers to verify worker status, according to a Post-ABC News poll. Even the constituen­ts of Rep. Jeff Denham (R-Calif.) likely prefer the approach in a bill by Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) to Mr. Denham’s no-strings amnesty. Mike Smith, Midlothian, Va.

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