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Current immigration law makes it difficult for people who reside in the United States without legal status to get permanent residency or a work permit. Undocumented workers are subject to exploitation by employers; discriminatory state laws and administrative practices; and exposure to criminal violence because of a fear of interaction with the criminal justice system.

Even those with permanent residency can be subject to removal proceedings if they are convicted of crimes for which U.S. citizens are given little or no punishment.

Removal proceedings separate family members, place people in inhumane detention facilities and uproot productive workers to countries that they have hardly known. Undocumented workers are indispensable in agriculture; food processing; construction; domestic and custodial services; and hospitality. If they were allowed to participate fully in society, they could contribute in all fields just like citizens.

It is hypocritical for citizens to enjoy the benefits of a person’s labor and deny that person the basic human rights of security. Whether you arrive at a clean office building, or purchase tomatoes and onions at your grocery store, or enjoy dinner at a restaurant, you’re very likely benefiting from an undocumented worker.

Have the decency to urge politicians to end the current suite of unjust state and federal laws and administrative practices that prevent such workers from enjoying the protection of law. Let God’s commandment to do good for your neighbor extend to all those who make your life easier, whether you know their names or not.

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gargoyle
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gargoyle 01/30/13 - 09:18 pm
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Those that with a wink and a

Those that with a wink and a nod, that INVITED construction workers from South of the US Border to come help with the labor shortage should be in jail as all criminals should be. They broke federal laws that are still on the books today.The problem is the same yesterday as it is today, We have Elected officals who will not enforce the statutes allready enacted.
Signed: A person who works with NRA's and RA's everyday

KSL
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KSL 01/30/13 - 09:22 pm
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Biz@ 8:14

They and their countries don't have the money to pay that back.

Just sucker the good, kind, and free US.

Darby
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Darby 01/30/13 - 11:07 pm
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"Immigrants pay taxes, despite what some would....

....have you believe. They CAN NOT and do NOT collect government benefits, again despite what you have been told."

Actually, illegals don't pay income taxes. (Except in those rare cases where they use a stolen SSN to get a job. Then they go to HR Block and get those taxes back.)(Many of those same SSN's are used to get EBT cards as well as EIC credits at tax time too.) But yes, legal immigrants do pay taxes, as they should.

And as for government benefits, have you spent much time around an emergency room lately? Did you know that illegals are using tax dollars to go to our universities? Of course you did, just kinda forgot didn't you?

KSL
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KSL 01/30/13 - 11:45 pm
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90% of the money for medicaid

90% of the money for medicaid comes from the fed's general fund (taxpayers).

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KSL 01/30/13 - 11:46 pm
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Who do you think is paying

Who do you think is paying for the anchor babies?

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Practical Person 01/31/13 - 12:20 pm
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@Bizkit and others

<<“Raising the Floor for American Workers: The Economic Benefits of Comprehensive Immigration Reform,” by Dr. Raul Hinojosa-Ojeda, finds that comprehensive immigration reform that includes a legalization program for unauthorized immigrants and enables a future flow of legal workers would result in a large economic benefit—a cumulative $1.5 trillion in added U.S. gross domestic product over 10 years. In stark contrast, a deportation-only policy would result in a loss of $2.6 trillion in GDP over 10 years.>>
http://www.immigrationpolicy.org/just-facts/economic-benefits-immigratio...

Immigrants pay taxes if they live in-doors or shop. Other taxes are paid using Individual Taxpayer ID #s issued by the federal government. Granted, most undocumented people are low wage earners, so their tax bill is equally low.

If you deported 11 million people it would result in around 2 million vacant housing units (remember, they are living in-doors.) Think of that economic impact on local tax revenue and the mortgage industry.

WE BUILT our economy to include "their" presence. "They" shop, pay taxes, the live "somewhere" and are already part of our society and economy.

The "lock 'em up" thinkers forget both the economic and social costs. The "send 'em back" policy would be like shooting ourselves in the foot, then wondering why it hurts.

Many are in "mixed status" households, that means one person is undocumented and the rest are legal residents, including citizens. Deporting undoc Mom, leaves citizen Dad here to raise the kid alone. (Being married to a citizen does NOT grant legal status.)

We can't deport 11 million people so **WE NEED** a solution. We need Comprehensive Immigration Reform. We need politicians who don't kick the can down the road. And YES, we do need "secure borders" but this doesn't have to be a "borders first" issue.

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itsanotherday1 01/31/13 - 12:55 pm
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"Apparently illegal

"Apparently illegal immigrants cost Georgia (alone") 1.6 billion dollars a year. http://www.examiner.com/article/how-much-does-illegal-immigration-cost-g..."

I've said for years that we cannot afford the cheap labor illegals provide.

@ Practical. Yes we do need comprehensive reform, but with that has to be a component that deters people from coming here illegally. As I posted above, I am not against granting amnesty in certain situations where families would be torn apart, but it has to be on a case by case basis. If ANY member of the family has not been a model "guest", they all go back to their home country, period. They can take the anchor child with them, or leave it here with other family or friends since the child has citizen's rights. If they are using public assistance, they go back; and so on.

The absolutely essential piece of this is to remove the work incentive that drives people to cross the border illegally. The only way to do that is severely punish anyone who knowingly employs an illegal. If the work dries up, there is no reason to do an end around on the legal process.

Furthermore, I would declare a 1000 yard "DMZ" from the Pacific Ocean on the U.S. side for the entire length. Relocate all of the people that live on the U.S. side and bulldoze it clean. Put up camera/sensor towers how ever often needed to get 100% scan coverage. Put manned outposts every few miles that can respond if someone trips the camera sensors. That woud put a virtual halt to the tunnelling, river crossings, backpacking and other techinques the drug smugglers use. With no illegal jobs to be had, human smuggling would be minimum.

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Darby 01/31/13 - 02:05 pm
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"And YES, we do need "secure borders" but....

this doesn't have to be a "borders first" issue."

Yes, actually it does. Borders first is the ONLY approach that make any sense at all.

If you lock the borders down to one hundred percent leak proof. (Bear with me, I'm talking theory here.) Then you would be free to deal with the 11 or 12 million left in the country. You could gradually find and kick out the criminals and low lifes, absorb the productive types and even find a way to allow for citizenship for many.

On the other hand, there is the so-called "comprehensive" plan favored by Democrats which just means that you do nothing about the borders while the illegals continue to pour across. In the meantime, we play politics, casting conservatives at haters who want to separate families, thus securing the next election for Democrats.

No, if there is going to ever be a solution, it will mean FIRST locking down the borders. It's not that liberals don't understand this, it's that they DO understand it.

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KSL 01/31/13 - 03:44 pm
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Absolutely correct, Darby.

Absolutely correct, Darby. The borders need to be closed first. It is the only thing that makes any sense at all.

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itsanotherday1 01/31/13 - 05:44 pm
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My only problem with locking

My only problem with locking down the borders first is we trap them inside! :)

KSL
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KSL 01/31/13 - 07:08 pm
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What border agent would not

What border agent would not let them go home?

itsanotherday1
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itsanotherday1 01/31/13 - 11:00 pm
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"What border agent would not

"What border agent would not let them go home?"

Theirs?

Darby
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Darby 01/31/13 - 11:39 pm
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Not to worry, they ....

only go back through normal channels and only at taxpayer expense...

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