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GOP candidates' priority is stopping further illegal immigration

To The Daily Sun,

Leftists like to attack policies or positions that they falsely claim their political opponents have. One frequently repeated example is "deporting 11 million people" (e.g., David Stamps letter in the March 9 Laconia Daily Sun).

Note, they don't identify these "people" for what they really are: criminals. Would we try to round up 11 million murderers? Yes! If they stopped paying, would we capture the 11 million top income tax payers? Immediately! Would we pursue 11 million bank robbers, rapists, or embezzlers? Yes!

Even if they didn't know it was happening, most people would want someone embezzling from them to be stopped. Illegal aliens are embezzling, taking benefits to which they aren't legally entitled, from American citizens. They also commit tens of thousands of rapes, murders, drug and other crimes, and accidents causing property damage, injuries and deaths. They also hurt American workers by increasing competition for jobs and depressing wages.

We would be just to, and we could, deport 11 million illegal aliens. With a small effort compared to today's capabilities, over 1 million illegal aliens were apprehended in the first year of "Operation Wetback" (1954). According to FactCheck.org (http://goo.gl/g7gLkZ) 3.4 and 2.1 million illegal aliens (significant percentages) were deported or voluntarily left under threat of deportation during Truman's and Eisenhower's presidencies.

No leading Republican presidential candidate is talking about rounding up and deporting 11 million illegal aliens. Their priority is on stopping further illegal immigration, ending the incentives (jobs, welfare, free medical care, citizenship, etc.) for people to come and stay here illegally, to ensure that immigration prioritizes Americans over the special interests, and the deportation of illegal aliens convicted of crimes. Without the incentives of jobs and/or welfare, most illegal aliens may leave voluntarily.

People who have traveled outside the USA know we have a special country. Our Constitution, rule of law, and free enterprise system created an environment in which the American people live free and could, did, and do prosper. Our immigration laws are supposed to protect our system so that future generations of Americans can also live free and prosper.

Some Americans, including Democrats and Republicans, for their personal benefit, put the interests of special interests ahead of the vast majority of the American people and fight enforcing our immigration laws.

Fortunately, the leading Republican presidential candidates are committed to enforcing our immigration laws and ensuring that immigration benefits the American people, not the special interests, and protects our Constitution, rule of law, and free enterprise system that have allowed the American people to live free and prosper.

Don Ewing
Meredith

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Republican senators engaged in clear obstruction of Constitution

To The Daily Sun,

Nearly a month ago, we saw the passing of Justice Antonin Scalia. Since then, the ninth seat on the Supreme Court has remained vacated. Now, it's a disappointment that the Senate is not doing the job their constituents wants them to do — follow the Constitution. It seems a bit hypocritical for Republicans to call out Democrats for not "following" the Constitution.

Clearly in the Constitution (Article 2, Section 2, Clause 2) it clearly states "he shall nominate, and by and with the advice and consent of the Senate, shall appoint ambassadors, other public ministers and consuls, judges of the Supreme Court..."

Now, our Senator, Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) is one of those who is obstructing the Constitution. Along with the presidential candidates, Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Ted Cruz (R-TX). This issue shouldn't be a partisan issue, rather they should follow the Constitution. Without the ninth justice, you'll most likely see a gridlock in the Supreme Court as the court currently, is split evenly between conservatives and liberals. With 4-4 rulings, you'll see issues that are crucial not going forward.

It's unprecedented for the Senate to not hold a hearing, and vote to accept/deny the confirmation.

President Barack Obama was elected by the people not once, but twice, and shall do his job that he was tasked to do when he was elected to be our president. Even then, according to ABC News/Washington Post poll, 63 percent of Americans has voiced their opinion that they want the current president to nominate a Supreme Court justice, and for the Senate to hold a hearing and vote on the nominee. My guess: if Obama does not nominate a SCJ that does not meet credentials to hold this office, then the Senate shall vote accordingly.

We have pending cases that are waiting in the court to be decided on. Anywhere from women's health, to equality issues, and other crucial cases that needs to be decided on by the Supreme Court. Americans wants to know crucial cases sooner rather than later. Believe it or not, the Supreme Court is one of the three branches of government. Without the ninth justice, Republicans are essentially stopping the highest court of the land. Let's face it, if this was the same scenario, but it was a Republican president, you'll see them moving the process quickly.

Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and other Democrats, recently took the Senate floor to pressure the Republicans to do their jobs. As stated before, this shouldn't be a partisan issue. The Republicans won't even hold a hearing in the Senate, and therefore, won't consider any Supreme Court justice. This is clear obstruction of the Constitution. Republicans will make up every excuse to not hold a hearing from claiming it's an election year, to the president being a lame duck, and other non-professional excuse.

Senators, #DoYourJob

Nick Crosby
Groton

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