Amend­ment not free-ride ticket

The Washington Times Weekly - - Letters To The Editor - STEPHEN MOUNGELIS Mt. Airy, Mary­land

Does any­one with any com­mon sense be­lieve that the birthright clause in the 14th Amend­ment was in­tended to give il­le­gal aliens a free ticket to cit­i­zen­ship? This is an abuse of the leg­is­la­tion and Pres­i­dent Trump should be sup­ported in his de­ci­sion to put an end to it.

Il­le­gal en­try into this na­tion is a crime no mat­ter the rea­son. There are nu­mer­ous le­gal ways to gain ac­cess and true cit­i­zen­ship is avail­able for any qual­i­fied alien. We are a na­tion of im­mi­grants and the last time I looked, our an­ces­tors all did it legally, through a process.

We need to take a mo­ment to rec­og­nize how we all got here. We should also salute all im­mi­grants who earned a right to their cit­i­zen­ship, be­cause it is a proud mo­ment for them all. We also need to end the rub­ber-stamp sys­tem cur­rently in place which al­lows il­le­gal aliens to roam free on our soil.

Any true im­mi­gra­tion leg­is­la­tion has to ad­dress these con­cerns, in­clud­ing how to deal with the il­le­gals al­ready in our coun­try. Any mis­sion state­ment has to be­gin with know­ing how they gained en­try in the first place.

Na­tional se­cu­rity re­quires border se­cu­rity and it has to be in­cluded in any leg­is­la­tion.

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