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Government needs the will, not new laws, to secure the border

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To the editor,
The advertisements promoting the "gang of eight's" "Comprehensive Immigration Reform" are about as phony as their sponsor, "Americans for a Conservative Direction", and the bill itself. There is NOTHING CONSERVATIVE about rewarding criminals for their illegal acts, but that is what "Comprehensive Immigration Reform" does.
Advocates promise that the bill will close the border. But, they don't need new laws to close the border; they just need, but don't have, the will to close the border. They broke many (all) previous promises to close the border.
They promise that illegals won't be able to get (federal) welfare. But, that doesn't require a new law; they just need to enforce current laws. But once illegals are "legalized", they are eligible for many state and local welfare benefits funded by American taxpayers.
They promise that illegals will pay back taxes, but there is no mechanism for taxing unreported income. And, most illegals probably qualify for a subsidy (via the earned income tax credit) rather than owe taxes.
They say illegals will pay a fine. First the fine was $2,000, then $1,000. Now only the first installment of $100 "must" (if it isn't waived) be paid before getting amnesty. Whatever the fine, it is small compared to the approximately $16,000 of annual benefits received by each average illegal household.
While American citizens get promises, higher taxes, labor competition, and more crime, illegal aliens get amnesty/legalization/rewarded for breaking our laws, welfare, and the ability to take jobs from Americans and depress their wages.
"Comprehensive Immigration Reform" is another 1000 plus page bill full of goodies for everyone but the vast majority of American citizens. It is being sold to us with promises that are not intended to be fulfilled by people (politicians, businessmen, and special interest groups) who expect to benefit from the bill.
Even the name of the sponsor of many advertisements supporting this bill is intended to deceive the American people. "Americans for a Conservative Direction" is funded and controlled by three very liberal billionaires who wish to take advantage of another feature of the bill, greatly expanded visas for skilled workers. This will allow these billionaires to replace skilled, but costly, American workers with cheap immigrants.
No legislation is needed to fulfill the promised desirable features of this "Comprehensive Immigration Reform" bill. The desirable sounding promises are just intended to divert our attention from the real intent of the bill, to benefit politicians and payoff their political supporters, including rich businessmen and other special interests.
Tell Senators Ayotte and Shaheen and Congresswomen Shea-Porter and Kuster to reject this bill and demand enforcement of existing laws.
Don Ewing

Meredith, NH