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Web letter: Immigration law fix won’t help unemployed

I find it disturbing that politicians in Washington think fixing our immigration system equates with rewarding illegal behavior. We rewarded 3 million illegal aliens with amnesty in 1986, yet now we have more then 11 million here illegally.

I want to ask Rep. Marlin Stutzman how giving 11 million people here illegally work permits and legal status helps 20 million unemployed Americans. Senate Bill S744 calls for doubling legal immigration and giving out even more work permits to temporary foreign workers. How is this immigration fix supposed to help the unemployed American?

Remember the Secure Fence Act of 2006? It was supposed to result in 700 miles of double chain-link fencing with a road in between for our border patrol to monitor the border. Thirty-six miles of the fence was built, and then the House defunded the law in 2009 and the fence was never completed.

Every time Congress fixes our immigration system, the rewards for those here illegally come first, and when our attention is off the topic, enforcement doesn’t happen.

We can no longer allow the Chamber of Commerce and big business to control our Congress when it comes to the immigration issue! Simply stated, immigration laws were put in place to protect American lives and jobs and not the money game it has evolved into. It’s time we took control and told politicians like Rep. Stutzman that they represent us and we want enforcement without an increase in legal immigration. Is there any wonder that Americans have no faith in Congress?

GREG SERBON State director, Indiana Federation for Immigration Reform & Enforcement Griffith