What's wrong with secure borders?

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In response to the letter to the editor "Illegal immigration foes are bigots" (Jan. 28): Why is everyone opposed to illegal immigration painted with the same brush of bigotry? Why is it wrong to want a secure nation?

I question the border fence because I don't know how effective it will be. There are some who want a fence on both borders. But how many Canadians are streaming across into the United States? Many come here because they dislike their health care system and want to use ours.

Yes, there has been prejudice against immigrants in the past. And there always will be. And there have been criminals and anarchists who have come in legally. But doesn't America have a right as a sovereign nation to decide who comes in and how many? Don't we have a right to know who is coming into our country? Our country is our home -- I am certain one would not let just anyone into their home.

There also are the problems of drug trafficking, human smuggling and terrorist crossing with little opposition if we fail to secure the borders.

Prior generations of immigrants did not expect government assistance. There is a percentage of immigrants who come here and look for this assistance as if it is a right. I find it troubling that non-citizens want and get the same rights and privileges of a U.S. citizen.

In Mexico, there are laws against non-citizens getting driver's licenses and holding jobs. The Mexican army patrols its border with Guatemala, and there are human rights organizations that can cite many incidents of mistreatment of those from other parts of Central America who attempt to cross into Mexico.

If you have a leaky boat, you plug the holes, then deal with the water. Our porous borders need to be plugged as best as possible, then we can deal with those already in the country.

George J. Weber, Augusta

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DonH
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DonH 02/08/08 - 09:12 am
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I believe the underlying

I believe the underlying issue has to do with trade issues. For high level decisions, just follow the money trail. Borders slow trade in a "global economy." Businesses are not concerned with social issues. Big business could not care less about people or their security. The U.S. is headed for open borders, just like the European Union already has. Why else would our own politicians encourage illegal immigration and all of the social/economic ills that follow. They support big business and the quest for cheap labor. The result to U.S. citizens personally is over crowding, language divisions, increased crime, increased poverty, etc, at the expense of the American people. Well, you can't expect businesses to pay for welfare, do you? And, too, all of the front running candidates, both Democrat and Republican, support an illegal alien amnesty (again!). The majority of Americans read and believe what the newspapers print. It's more about crowd control than law and order anymore. And, it's only going to get worse, not better, after the upcoming election.

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christian134 02/08/08 - 09:13 am
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Thank you for insight into

Thank you for insight into this problem or should I say disaster of immense porportions. Hopefully the tide can be turned before it is to late although I believe the flood has begun and will not easily be altered.

NotyourDadsBuick
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NotyourDadsBuick 02/08/08 - 10:03 am
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No worries. With the

No worries. With the implosion of the housing market here the market for cheap labor has just been cut in half. Pretty soon illegals in the U.S. from south of the border will head back to Mexico for some of the many jobs our manufacturing base is outsourcing. Plus, the peso is probably picking up considerable steam against the shriveled up dollar these days. Having said all that, I do believe there is a certain element of the anti-immigration crowd that is detached from reality, not to mention xenophobic.

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dani 02/08/08 - 12:45 pm
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Xenophobic...Do you mean fear

Xenophobic...Do you mean fear of the Mexican people as a whole? I don't think so. I have never heard that rationale used, although I know that some would make it a racial thing. It is neither, it is a case of being over-run by immigrants coming across the border illegally.( And then taking the jobs, or so it is claimed, of those who want to work???)

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rufus 02/08/08 - 01:19 pm
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What ya do is find 10 corrupt

What ya do is find 10 corrupt officials in Mexico and offer them 15M dollars to guard 1/10th of the border. For every illegal that gets through you charge the guard 100k.

dont live there anymore
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dont live there anymore 02/08/08 - 01:51 pm
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johnson, it would be very

johnson, it would be very easy to find 10 or more corrupt officials in Mexico. However, it would be a fight to get them to pay what we charge. They would keep the 15M and disappear. I lived on the border a few years ago. There is no easy way.

rufus
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rufus 02/08/08 - 02:04 pm
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Disperse the cash at the end

Disperse the cash at the end of the year

DeborahElliott2
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DeborahElliott2 02/08/08 - 04:41 pm
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Our government? Plug holes

Our government? Plug holes in the boat? Hahahahahahaha. Ok, now that I have had a good laugh, you are looking at a troubled economy, big businesses who don't give a rats' behind on people or who it hurts as long as they make a profit, a drug cartel who will find ways to get their drugs here, and border patrols that are arrested for doing their duties here on this side of the lines....and a King who tells the people of the USA to "tighten their belts" for which he may as well have said to the poor, "let them eat cake" in ridicule to our financial state of well being, need I say more? Oh yeah, an easy access to terrorism at its finest!

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Daddyrabbit 02/08/08 - 11:09 pm
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The writer speaks of

The writer speaks of immigrants getting the same benefits as native born Americans, that's not exactly true. Some of the get BETTER benefits. How many convenience stores or motels do you see owned by foreigners, mostly from India or Pakistan? They can buy these because they get 0% U.S. Government guaranteed loans for at least 5 years! Then they bring another family member over and sell it to them. The next wave also gets a free loan. NO, the loan is not interest free, the taxpayers pay the interest. Can any of you get this kind of loan. They show their appreciation by buying the cheapest gas they can get and it's not the brand you think you are buying....They go up when gas does, but not down when it goes down. Some of them charge what they think you can afford when you stay in their motels, if you're brave enough to..most of them are not very clean. We don't need any of them, send them all back!!

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