To the Editor:
Most Americans agree that immigration reform is needed. The question [then] becomes, what is immigration reform? [Is it] reuniting families and expediting family visas? Most Americans would agree.
[Is it] due process in deportation? Most Americans would agree.
It is when you get to three other points raised in this article that most Americans part ways with the marchers:
[Could it be] full legal protection regardless of status? Most Americans believe that those found to be here illegally should be put into the deportation process immediately.
[Or, is it a] path to citizenship for those here illegally? Most Americans do not support this idea. We have had many amnesties in the past and the flood of illegal immigrants simply increases after each.
[Or, could it be] the Dream Act? The Dream Act encompasses too large of a scope of age. It also allows those who ‘intend’ to pursue a college degree or military service to fall under this act. As such, the children are lost and the con-artists are now eligible. It becomes just another amnesty, but this one is touted as [being] for the children when in reality, it is not.
If what these groups want is reform, the first two would be easy and, if they would separate themselves from the open border gang and the amnesty for all groups, these reasonable goals could be accomplished promptly and with the overwhelming support of the American people.
If they want to hang on for an amnesty for 20 million [immigrants] who have broken our laws, lied, connived, and taken jobs from legal residents, then the deserving parts of immigration reform will languish and die.
For those groups serious about immigration reform, the time is now to drop the demand for amnesty and move on with reform.
— Bill Turnbull, Seattle