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Immigration reform must start with closed borders

The Journal Gazette’s editorial (“Immigration bill’s time has arrived,” June 23) not only was incomplete, it was in conflict with itself.

The reason there are low-wage and low-skilled jobs to begin with is that there is an excess in supply through illegal immigration. It’s a double-edged sword. These are jobs that previously young people just starting out would fill to gain work experience. It is not a question of no one else wants them. No one else wants them at wages often below minimum wage. In addition, they are often paid under the table, without payments to Social Security, Medicare or taxes withheld.

But assuming all those things were done, which they aren’t, then it contradicts the later statement that it will help reduce deficits because of all the money that would be collected. You can’t have it both ways. Either the money is collected and illegal aliens will never get benefits from their contributions, or the money is not collected and will be, but the benefits paid will add to a growing debt.

This is more than my opinion; it is the Congressional Budget Office’s opinion.

The only fair and logical solution is to close and secure the border first and foremost, before any legal status is given. If not, America will face the exact same situation in 10 or 20 years. How do I know this? It is exactly what happened since 1986, and again the CBO concurs.

RICHARD FRANCKE Fort Wayne

Recycle sculpture into park benches

With the recent accident downtown, I suggest that they reassemble the steel into benches for the public to use. There is never enough seating in and around Freimann Square, and if they made it knee high, bumper level, if anyone hits it in the future, it hopefully wouldn’t cause so much damage.

TILLI HORSLEY Fort Wayne

Donnelly dumps promises on immigration bill

“I oppose any proposal that amounts to amnesty or rewards illegal behavior. … I will continue to work hard to ensure that American citizenship is reserved for those who play by the rules.” That pledge appeared on Joe Donnelly’s Senate campaign website just weeks before the election.

Donnelly is now our senator, and by all indications he is supporting the Gang of Eight immigration bill, which would reward illegal aliens with amnesty and citizenship.

As the bill was debated on the Senate floor, Donnelly voted against every amendment to improve enforcement or even to make sure that amnesty for illegal aliens is contingent on enforcement promises being kept.

•Donnelly opposed an amendment that would have required the Department of Homeland Security to demonstrate effective control of our borders before 12 million illegal aliens could begin the amnesty process.

•He opposed an amendment that would have required that Homeland Security implement a biometric entry/exit system for foreign visitors – a law Congress has already passed – before amnesty could begin.

•He opposed an amendment requiring that Homeland Security complete just half of the 700 miles of border fencing already required by law before amnesty could commence.

I’m sure I’m not the only one wondering: What happened to Donnelly’s campaign promises?

GREG SERBON State director Indiana Federation for Immigration Reform and Enforcement

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