By Monte Gray
I believe there should be eventual passage of this bill on immigration, but FIRST the border has to be made secure. Otherwise there will be repeat influxes of “illegals”, just as we’ve had in the past when previous administrations have tried to pass immigration reforms. Secure the border first, then I will support this legislation.
Even though I sympathize with these people, our country needs to take care of its own first. When I travel to my wife’s home country in South America I can stay only a certain amount of time, before I become “illegal”. To stay beyond without permission will get me into trouble, that I don’t want to experience there.
So to those “illegals” who protest that they are “human beings” and not “illegal” they are only partly right. They are human beings who I sympathize with, but they are illegal in regards to the law of our nation. They have broken our laws and that is illegal. I DO NOT want to ship them back, but secure our borders first before any legalization laws are passed. Until then I do not support the present legislation.
In the past those immigrants who came to our country we’re welcomed due to the vast need for more labor. But they were processed through Ellis Island, and didn’t sneak through the borders, or overstay their tourist visas.
[Thanks to Monte Gray for permission to run his essay. An excerpt appeared in the Des Moines Register today.]