To the editor:
Your lead capsule item in the Courier weekly of May 15/16 states “Bill’s aim is to help immigration system.” As an American citizen you are entitled to your opinion. However, you present no reasons to support this claim.
The last amnesty for illegal immigrants resulted in a new flood of illegal immigration. Even now the prospect of amnesty is leading to greatly increased illegal immigration across our southern borders.
This amnesty proposal, in my opinion, is unjust to legal immigrants and those who wait in line for a green card. The rationale for giving special treatment to those who have broken our laws escapes me. Moreover, I have read estimates that immigration costs the American worker $1,700 per year in decreased wages.
This bill is not in the interest of the United States. Any inadequacies in our immigration laws should be addressed by our elected representatives, whose concern should be the welfare of their constituents.
EDITOR’S NOTE: The Catholic News Service capsule in question reported Orlando Coadjutor Bishop Thomas G. Wenski’s support for the Safe, Orderly Legal Visas and Enforcement Act, introduced in Congress May 4. Bishop Wenski is chairman of the U.S. bishops’ Committee on Migration. Readers should not interpret the reporting of statements by named individuals to mean that a news service or newspaper necessarily agrees with those statements.