Time for immigration reform
In his letter of June 22, a writer argues against immigration reform in any shape or form and puts all the blame on the illegal immigrants.
The problem is that they have been allowed to live and work here openly for decades. In many cases they have been exploited. We have used them to do our dirtiest and hardest back-breaking jobs for below minimum wage. They do jobs Americans do not want to do at wages we will not work for. Both Republicans and Democrats have allowed them to remain here for political reasons: the Democrats for the Hispanic vote and the Republicans for cheap labor and to hold labor costs down.
The writer speaks of the immorality of allowing them to repudiate long-standing laws. What about the immorality of exploitation? Anyone who has openly used these laborers or knowingly patronized businesses who do must share in the guilt. A vast majority of these laborers have otherwise obeyed our laws, worked hard, and have been an asset to their communities.
Because of our complicity we must take some responsibility for their well-being. Some of the children of these illegal immigrants are natural-born citizens of the United States; others have fully assimilated and have no ties with their home countries.
It would be highly immoral to deport these people who have themselves done nothing wrong.
I believe the bill before the Senate to be a rational, moral answer to the immigration problem.
We stop future illegal immigration, deport felons, have the illegal immigrants pay fines, and give them a 13-year path to legal residence and citizenship.
They can then pay taxes and contribute to Social Security and Medicare. If the Republicans pass the law for political reasons, so be it. It’s the right thing to do!