Better safe than sorry? - Catholic Courier

Better safe than sorry?

To the editor:

The article "Immigration reform sought", Catholic Courier (Jan ’10) (reported the U.S. bishops’) the draconian suggestion to have "broad-based legalization of the undocumented of all nationalities."

While the article focused primarily on economics, it relegates the issue of security a distant second. It is no secret that illegals pay the gangs (coyotes) for their transport north; some die on their way to the border.

The lives of the border guards are also at risk as they attempt to intercept the drug dealers who travel with the illegals.

Employers who pay illegals low wages should be prosecuted. This in turn could stem the flow of illegal immigration.

While the economy is the primary incentive for poor illegals, U.S. citizenship should also be a motive.

Not all illegals are anxious to become U.S. citizens. They believe that Arizona and California belong to Mexico.

The November (2006) article of the Cardinal Mindszenty Report stated that illegal immigration is a threat to America’s existence.

Consequently, we should protect our nation and the illegals by enforcing our immigration law.

Robert Bart

Ithaca

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