Must secure borders first, then reform

My belief is that all borders to the United States should be secure before any new legislation is passed on immigration reform. I have serious doubts that any elected official has any desire to obey the laws now in place that call for keeping illegal persons out of our country.

It seems we have open borders already. I do not believe the illegal persons in this country are "hiding in the shadows." With so many of them already here, and given the welcome mat to free education, health care and welfare, why would they be afraid of being deported in this atmosphere?

I have heard Sen. Marco Rubio explaining why the Senate's bill should be passed, and it all sounds nice except that I do not believe anyone will follow one rule on their list. I just don't believe the border will be secure, which I think should come first.

Current administration officials tell us the border is more secure now than ever, but I hear what officers who work on the border have to say, and it's a completely different story.

Border security should come first.

Dorothy K. Baker

Newark

Necessary to stop hiring practices


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A reform is absolutely necessary to make sure that the laws that prevent companies from hiring illegal scabs are effectively enforced. The reform should also implement mechanisms to deport those currently residing illegally in the country.

At the same time, Congress should pass laws that prevent the U.S. armed forces from invading countries, which is setting a bad example for the illegal scabs to follow.

Leo T. West

San Leandro

Must begin helping Americans instead

If Congress knows what's good for it and our country, members shouldn't pass the immigration reform bill. Passing this bill will let 11 million immigrants in the states.

What will they contribute but more hardships for us Americans living here already? And it will cost us taxpayers $2 trillion. Our country is already in a hardship and Congress would rather help immigrants than help our own fellow Americans.

Congress is promising them work and citizenship. Work is hard to come by for us who are already living in America. So what will happen when they can't supply these people with work? They're going to get on the system: food stamps, financial aide, housing, etc. So, taxpayers not only have to pay for them to live here but we have to support them as well?

Congress needs to take care of the Americans who live here and who are still having hardships before bringing immigrants to America and supplying them with jobs that are not available to the Americans.

We need to get America back on track.

Mike Duarte

Newark

Employers prefer those living in fear

Congress should not pass the immigration reform bill. Employers prefer immigrants who fear deportation if they embezzle, pilfer or collude with thieves.

Anthony Andrew Roach

San Leandro

Must deport those who are here illegally

I do not think Congress should pass an immigration reform bill.

These people are here illegally, and it is costing our country billions of dollars to let them stay here. They are breaking the law and they should be sent back to their own countries. Why does our government want to reward these people for breaking the law?

Our government must start thinking about the American citizens who were born and raised in this country. Let's let ICE do its job and go into companies to see if the workers are documented and, if not, send them back to the country they came from.

Just watch the news and see how many foreigners are burning the American flag in protest. The government should be spending American dollars on our own children and elderly, not giving free medical and other services to people who do not belong in our country.

Also, let's do away with this so-called American Dream Act and let more of our American children get into college.

If the farmers want farmworkers, have prisoners go out and pick the crops and have the farmers pay the state to help pay for their support and medical care.

We should secure our boarders so that more illegal immigrants do not enter our country that should have been done years ago.

Patricia Hofer

San Leandro

Immigration must be fixed

Nothing would be worse than doing nothing about the catastrophic immigration policy we have now.

No longer do we have millions of immigrants coming through the border. In fact, we now have a negative total immigration situation, with as many people leaving as coming in.

As a result, farmers are suffering a great loss, with crops going to waste, while migrants are afraid to look for work, for fear of being deported. The economy is being slowed down by the lack of visas for qualified workers for the technology industry, which is being hampered by this.

And millions of otherwise willing workers live in fear and unable to come out of the shadows because of not having the proper papers. They have been in this country for years and paying taxes but unrecognized and exploited.

It is time to fix this problem, once and for all. Congress must establish the proper laws so that people can come to this country legally and we can benefit from their presence and their labor.

Maria Rieger

Walnut Creek

Our unemployed aren't considered

The "comprehensive immigration legislation" under consideration does not take into consideration what is best for American workers.

It was written in secret without concern for the 20 million unemployed Americans, especially struggling low-income workers. We do not have enough low-income housing, space in our schools, and welfare programs now for the 10 million to 20 million more people, plus their immediate families.

The legislation resembles the failed 1986 amnesty that had an estimated fraud rate of 40 percent. Immigration officials did not then, and still do not, have the resources to check for security and accuracy.

The Department of Homeland Security has shown little interest in enforcing our present laws and border security. Let's not make the same mistake again.

Carol Joyal

Pleasanton

Immigration reform is overdue

Congress should pass an immigration reform bill, which is overdue.

The 1986 immigration reform fiasco granted amnesty, with the promise of border enforcement. There was no enforcement and now we have more than 11 million illegal immigrants. Reform should have border security, visa-tracking and E-Verify, with penalties on employers, before granting amnesty or work papers for anyone.

The triple fence in San Diego has reduced infiltration by 92 percent. Border control is a first principle of sovereignty.

The Boston bombing screams for immigration reform. Everyone they've picked up seems to have violated existing immigration laws: expired student visas; seeking political asylum from a country and then revisiting that country; and re-entering the United States without a passport.

Immigrants must be self-sufficient, supported by their sponsors and ineligible for public assistance, food stamps, Obamacare and Medicaid.

In the 1970s, 3.2 million legal immigrants arrived. In the last 10 years, 10.3 million arrived. The proposed Senate bill would bring in more than 20 million in the next 10 years. We're increasing the number of legal immigrants at the same time the number of illegal immigrants is climbing.

The current bill's unworkable, but maybe the administration wants an issue and not a solution.

Gregg Manning

Clayton