Letter to the editor

`Our View' not my view

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Last week's editorial, "Time for major immigration reform," suggests that those who have come here illegally deserve amnesty via the S. 744 bill. And Amnesty is what the Gang of Eight and bill S.744 is really all about. No one should be deceived about what "comprehensive immigration reform" means, other than giving amnesty to an estimated 12 million illegal aliens.

How is it that the United States government should serve as the world's largest employment agency providing "needed" workers to businesses that no longer feel the need to fairly compensate American workers? Why is it OK to create a permanent underclass of low-skilled workers at low wages who ultimately require additional public assistance to get by?

And why should anyone believe that immigration laws will be enforced and our borders be secured? S. 744 is exactly the same "comprehensive immigration reform" package the American public was sold in 1986. Now 27 years later, the Gang of Eight is pushing to legalize at least four times the number of people who received amnesty under the 1986 bill.

Adding tens of millions of low-skilled and heavily government-dependent immigrants to the country increases competition for scarce jobs, reduces wages, and increases the burden of welfare. Our immigration system isn't "broken." America is a land of laws, and anyone who wants to become a citizen is welcome to do so. But do it through legal means.

Ken Hurd
Parker

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ryecatcher

In my opinion, Mr Hurd's screed reads like Heritage or Freedom Works propaganda. I'm not sure where he gets his convoluted ideas that there are "tens of millions government dependent immigrants" in our country "increasing the burden of welfare". Mr Hurd appears to be an angry zealot armed with opinions and nothing more.

JIm Saunders

Littleton Co.

Saturday, February 8 | Report this
Highlander

I think Mr. Hurd is correct in his assessment that "adding tens of millions of low-skilled and heavily government-dependent immigrants to the country increases competition for scarce jobs"...for those that will actually seek, accept and execute jobs rather than choose to live of the government dole. The growth in welfare food stamps and medicaid recipients is well documented, as well as the fact that the fasting growing group of recipients are illegal aliens. The cost of supporting an illegal alien and the accompanying extended family is far more than the simple cost of a lost job for a citizen. That has also been documented in numerous independent studies. This fact further exacerbates the unemployment situation because it allows physically capable people to choose government support over gainful employment. Far from sounding like "an angry zealot", Mr. Hurd appears to be a well informed citizen that is tire of watching his country be given away for the purchase of votes that allows career, professional politicians to strangle this country to death.

Wednesday, February 12 | Report this
ryecatcher

I'm not sure where all these so called well documented studies come from according to Highlander. Heritage, Freedom Works and conservative groups funded by the Koch brothers no doubt. I can imagine a well documented study by one of these groups filled with gloom and doom alarm of illegal aliens in our midst stealing our money, our homes and our jobs.

I find Highlanders comment that the "cost of supporting an illegal alien and the accompanying extended family is far more than the simple cost of a lost job" hard to swallow. Highlander and Hurst would no doubt direct us to read some well documented report written by Glen Beck or Rush Limbaugh to back their exaggerated and biased claims.

Thursday, February 13 | Report this