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.
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