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LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Enforcement, not reform, needed

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The "reform" in "comprehensive immigration reform" is a sham because our immigration laws, if properly enforced, work fine ("Border numbers rise ahead of talks on immigration," Web, Tuesday). The problem is enforcement, which is lacking.

We now will endure the politicians staking positions and posturing for the camera, but not for America. Sadly, all they want is to get re-elected. What I would give to see a true statesman step forward, protect and defend this country and not ultimately grant amnesty to illegals.

If the politicians of both parties do what I fear they are going to do under the guise of "comprehensive immigration reform," I suggest the legislation should include a provision that would prohibit any illegal caught in the United States after passage of the measure from ever applying for or becoming a U.S. citizen.

Why would any well-intended politician of any party object to this provision? Maybe we can truly separate the politicians and the statesmen once and for all.

ROBERT G. KARNES

Lewisburg, W.Va.

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