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Solving the immigration issue

Posted: January 22, 2010 5:18 p.m.
Updated: January 24, 2010 4:55 a.m.
 
I wish to take issue with an inaccurate quote attributed to me (“Minutemen rally against amnesty,” Jan. 17) from the Save Our State/Santa Clarity Valley Independent Minuteman Santa Valley Rally, held Jan. 16 in Valencia.

When Josh Premako asked me what I felt was the proper and appropriate solution to help solve the problem of illegal immigration in our country, I stated clearly that our border with Mexico must be immediately secured. The United States of America must control its borders.

I further stated that I believe a mass deportation of millions upon millions of illegal aliens would hurt our fragile economy. A census count should be conducted to see who is and who is not an illegal alien. Convicted criminals should be deported forthwith. Those not gainfully and legitimately employed should also be escorted back to their countries of origin.  

I related the dilemma of an individual I know, a house painter, brought here by his parents two decades ago from Mexico. He is gainfully employed, raising his family, not causing any problems. Deporting an individual like this would serve no purpose.  

The subject of American citizenship was not broached. I believed then and I believe now citizenship must be earned, not granted.

Americans who are unemployed must be given the first opportunity for any work. Those here illegally should go to the back of the line, apply for a green card and fill those jobs that remain vacant.  

I oppose Comprehensive Immigration Reform in the House of Representatives as authored by Chicago Congressman Luis Gutierrez.

It whitewashes the problem, and does nothing to fix the systemic problem of more than four decades of America failing to enforce its borders.

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