In response to your Editorial Comments entitled "States Welcome Undocumented", after so many years attempting to enforce immigration law, it is disappointing for many of us to see our efforts dissipated over the years by an increasing lack of national resolve. The basic debate seems to grapple with the concept of sovereignty. Illegal aliens are pouring daily into this country and no effective effort is made to stem the flow. Once safely here, they are virtually home free. Our feeble interior enforcement activities are not effective enough to be of use except as occasional political fodder, as in the case of Gov. Baldacci. Making Maine a sanctuary state is hardly a novel idea. Our entire country has become a de facto sanctuary nation while we were snoozing. What little is done by ICE is nevertheless their authorized duty, even if it ruffles a few local feathers. If our enforcement efforts were indeed “narrowly targeted at those who wish America ill,” as you seem to suggest, it would present a rather interesting re-shaping of immigration law and policy, perhaps something that could be published on a wallet-size card. Then we would at last be done with the charade and have officially open borders to welcome all except, of course, the “evil doers.” And as a bonus, immigration lawyers could wind up all their pending cases rather quickly and seek more rewarding pursuits.
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