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Wednesday, March 4, 2015

With legal immigration must come border security
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Although the pathway-to-citizenship bill is a step in the right direction, it is important to realize that enhanced border security is a must if we are going to have legalization.  I applaud Republican Sens. John Hoeven of North Dakota and Bob Corker of Tennessee for brokering an amendment that would force the government to spend $30 billion to double the size of the Border Patrol to nearly 40,000 agents. Also, an additional $8 billion would be spent on drones, helicopters, planes and enhanced surveillance technology that would allow Border Patrol agents to monitor the 2,000-mile border with Mexico better. The American people have the right to expect that, and they deserve comprehensive and extensive security at our borders.

In 1986, President Reagan signed a law that allowed an estimated 3 million immigrants to become citizens with the promise that borders would be secure. Unfortunately, the American people never got border security, and millions more undocumented immigrants crossed our border. That doesn’t take into account the millions more who have entered the U.S. legally but overstayed their visas.

Government oversight must be strengthened. Visa programs should be expanded, but all loopholes must be closed. We cannot let people stay past deadlines.

Border security must be our top priority. You can’t deport 13 million people, most of whom are good people, but mass illegal immigration must stop and be controlled. It is truly the only way the American people are going to feel comfortable with this bill.

An unrelated item that I wanted you all to be aware of was the situation at Long Beach Medical Center in Long Beach. The hospital remains in limbo all these months after Hurricane Sandy halted its operations. The already financially strapped facility suffered heavy flood damage and has been closed ever since. It needs at least $56 million in repairs in order to begin operating again.

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RonnieG

Firstly, let me mimic your sentiments, in that this country was built with the help of immigrants, my family being one of those such families. The difference, Mr. D'Amato, was that when my grandparents came here there was no welfare, no entitlements, no EBT cards, no social services, NOTHING!! Zip! They got by on their own ingenuity, integrity, hard work and true grit! Please don't compare today's immigrant who help themselves to the public trough in droves and live a very cushy lifestyle on the American taypayer's dollar.

If I hear that the immigration system is broken, just one more time, I think I'm going to lose it. What's broken is our deceitful, lying, obstructionist, ideological administration who can't see beyond their own re-elections. In reality, Mr. D'Amato what they are tyring to do is create a permanent underclass to assure their re-election generation after generation.

We're told, no we're promised, that border security will be the top priority. That's plain and simply put....Baloney! They haven't done it for decades, so why would I believe an administration that has shown itself to be engaged in such scandalous behavior, that I can't and won't entrust this country's future to them. No! The whole thing stinks, frankly.

If we haven't enforced anything up until now, what is going to change Mr. D'Amato. Is Obama going to wave his magic wand and all of a sudden, there is going to be border control, drones, surveillance, etc.? I highly doubt that. The INA of 1965 forever changed the face of this nation and now we are seeing the result of that. You are naive if you really think this administration is going to abide by the law. They haven't yet, so don't hold your breath.

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