I find your recent Editor's Comment interesting. Have you forgotten that Congress did a massive legalization in 1986, assuring those of us who were against the program that this would give us control of our borders. Guess what, it didn't work then and it won't work now. Legalization of illegal aliens rewards people for breaking the law and does nothing to discourage others from following their lead. It has taken 18 years but those same people that we were supposed to keep out are at the table asking for another legalization. It is senseless to keep using the same logic that has proven faulty in trying to solve the illegal alien problem. ICE should have unlimited authority to deport every illegal they come across, regardless of where they find them and how long the person has managed to evade the law. Only when enforcement of our existing laws is in full force will there be any hope of discouraging illegal aliens from coming to the US. We all know the old argument that the illegals only take jobs that US workers won't do. If we repeat that often enough, it still won't be true. Yes, there should be penalties for employers who hire illegals, and those penalties should be stiff enough that they think twice about doing so. I would like to see an end to the extended family immigration and an increase in employment based categories. Those employment based applications should be allowed only when a true and honest search for US workers has been conducted. This is not protectionism, it is common sense.
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