SJD in her letter of Sept. 23rd wrote of “the futility of arguing ad nauseum about the fairness of legalizing an illegal work force in this country”. I agree. The fact is that these unskilled workers, including some three million undocumented Mexicans alone, pose no unfairness to others awaiting legal migration. These others have no intention or desire, if ever admitted, of ever performing the jobs that only the unskilled from Mexico consent to do and are needed to do.
The problem is that the unskilled have absolutely no legal way of crossing our border to fill these jobs. A case in point, too, is that we should not continue to ignore the millions of undocumented aliens that are at present living in the shadows in our country and are doing these jobs. Some have been here for up to twenty years or longer. There must be a solution but we lack politicians who are statesmen enough to do something about it.
No one wants an open border. We all want a controlled border where transients enter and leave in an orderly manner, with proper identification, and without having to endanger their lives to do so.
I agree with the President that if someone is working a job in this country to the satisfaction of his employer that he should be permitted to continue to do so in a legal status.
Richard E. Baer
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