The January 9th comments by L.L. and Kendra L. Bunn urging a more
balanced editorial posture are appropriate and even overdue. Your
recent reference to the "Fortress America" people and continual myopic
urgings of limitless numbers of immigrants seemingly oblivious to the
many social and dollar costs and valid security concerns are typical
Those alarmed about the security and safety of America as relates to lax
immigration and border policies cannot be so summarily dismissed as is
done by your erudite manner and may well display superior motives than
The logic relating to the futility and unfairness of continual
amnesties or a program disguised as an amnesty, is beyond reproach. Any
guest worker program must be strictly controlled and regulated and that
guest must at some point leave and return, otherwise a fraud is imposed.
A "guest" who visited your home and never left is not really a guest,
but a resident.
And no program relating to immigration can be successful until our
air, sea and land borders are fully secured and visitors tightly
monitored as some will find a way to exploit any border or program not
so controlled. And contrary to your oft-heard comment, such
restrictions need not be overly burdensome to citizens, but can be
primarily applicable to non-citizens.
Your "facts and figures" that seem to indicate that we have a need
for more foreign workers may have some validity only because Americans
are over-taxed which tends to restrict family size. The proper solution
to this is to reduce government spending to proper, limited purposes and
to allow families to keep more of their incomes and jobs that pay a
livable wage, not to invite huge numbers of the world's workers who are
accustomed to a lower standard of living to displace workers here
because they may work for less. The long term effects of this are
disastrous, at least to most Americans.
R. L. Ranger
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