- The Washington Times - Wednesday, June 20, 2012

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

I was appalled to learn last week that President Obama had made the unilateral (and perhaps unlawful) decision to allow children of illegal immigrants to remain in the United States under certain criteria (“Obama administration to offer immunity to certain illegals,” Web, Friday).

This is an insult to people who have “paid their way” to be in this country. For example, a close friend of mine who is Asian-American had relatives in the United States who spent thousands of dollars in 1981 for the entire family to immigrate to the United States from what was then South Vietnam. My friend became a citizen after five years.

Where is the parity among races? President Reagan’s amnesty policy in 1986 was ill-advised, and we should not continue in this vein. We need comprehensive immigration reform, but it should not be done unilaterally during a key election cycle with a president pandering for votes among minority populations.

KURT KLEIER

San Francisco

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