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Anne Marie Whalley: Visas, not amnesty for immigrants

Posted: April 10, 2014 2:00 a.m.
Updated: April 10, 2014 2:00 a.m.
 

In response to Joe Guzzardi’s column about immigrants titled “Slippery road ahead as Congress reconvenes,” published March 31 in The Signal:

There are people in America who obey the law, and some who disobey it. Citizens of this country go to jail if convicted of a crime.

Isn’t it a crime to be illegal in the USA? Yes.

If people are illegal and they are committing a crime, shouldn’t they be deported or be jailed?

If they are illegal, they shouldn’t retain the rights of legal citizens. It is costly to all legal citizens to pay for services required for social programs of legal enforcement, education, welfare, and similar for illegals.

Their contributions may not equal that of citizens. Their potential benefits to this country are hindered by having to live “under the radar.”

They are obviously trying to make a better life for themselves and their families, and that is understandable. But illegality is not the best way to realize potential.

It’s too bad this country cannot institute a clear legal path of citizenship for those good neighbors of the Americas or other countries who wish a better life and are willing to work hard to contribute to this country legally.

Bad neighbors wishing to take advantage illegally are not wanted.

I studied Proposition 187 for a sociology course at College of The Canyons, and it cost billions of dollars to support illegal immigration in California. Where does that money come from?

I understand illegal people pay sale taxes. It helps the economy. But do we spend more than we receive from them?

Immigration should be regulated. We may need workers in different fields. Shouldn’t we be able to have work visas for them?

However, they should also pay for their health insurance, federal taxes, and all taxes like the rest of us. They would gain self-respect, and would be happy to contribute to the economy of the USA.

When I got married to an American, I received a work visa. I received a legal Social Security number, and I paid my taxes.

I had to wait several years before becoming a citizen. I followed the law. I am glad I did — because today I am an American.

What I am asking of our lawmakers is to revise the immigration laws and make sure that everyone will have the opportunities to work in our country where and when there is a need.

I don’t criticize the people who come here illegally. I wish their countries would allow them to have a job, good education, and not take risks along our borders, or not be scared by the politics.

My thought is that our country cannot nurture all the children of the world.

The Constitution was written a long time ago, and our Founding Fathers did not have to deal with this problem.

It becomes our problem, and our lawmakers have to decide what the best is for all of us.

Amnesty is not going to resolve the issue. Let our country have people who work diligently for the path to citizenship by allowing them to come here legally. It would be beneficial for everybody.

Some type of visas should be the way to citizenship for the people moving here. To be illegal is against the law.

Lawmakers should react more and enact new laws to work diligently with the immigration department to resolve this problem.

After all, if we go for amnesty, illegal people will wait for it. Amnesty is a call for more illegality in our country.

I vote for work visas. They could be for short or long term, and background checks should be included as part of the process.

Anne Marie Whalley is a Canyon Country resident.

 

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