LETTER TO THE EDITOR: ‘Family reunification’ would break bank

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There has been talk of the importance of “family reunification” in the proposed comprehensive immigration-reform bill. Under the proposed legislation, the 11 million illegal immigrants now here would be allowed to bring their family members into the United States (“The immigration gang,” Comment & Analysis, April 17). A conservative estimate of two to three family members for each illegal immigrant means 20 million to 30 million more people total could come to the United States.

All of these additional family members would be accessing the government health care plan, known as Obamacare, just like the rest of us. This will drive up health care costs because most of these family members will be low-income and will require government-subsidized health care. Millions of these family members will be school-age children who require education in our public schools. This will require the building of innumerable new schools at the expense of local property owners.

Furthermore, these millions of family members will be in competition with millions of already unemployed U.S. citizens desperate for work. Some will get jobs that millions of unemployed U.S. citizen need, or, despite the bill saying they won’t receive federal benefits for 10 years, they will go on welfare, further burdening taxpayers.

For the reasons listed above, we simply cannot afford to reward illegal immigrants with bringing their family members to the United States.

RUSSELL DORSEY

Altoona, Iowa

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