My paternal grandfather was a sharecropper. Consequently I am acutely sensitive to the dream of leaving bad circumstances for a better life. However, our government has a history of putting Band-Aids over gaping wounds as a way of washing their hands of a tough situation.
Immigration reform (amnesty) for undocumented (illegal) immigrants will encourage more undocumented people to come, have babies and accuse the government of breaking up families. Not to mention the slap in the face it is to the hard-working immigrants who legally achieve the same dream.
Top priority of immigration reform should be military guarding our borders using AWACS aircraft, ground sensors and any high-tech equipment available to prevent the inevitable Band-Aid type solution that undoubtedly will happen again in the future.
If cost is the issue, consider the amount of money spent by not taking action to prevent this intrusion against our supposedly sovereign borders.
- Ken Tyler, Hammond