LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Immigration system not what’s broken

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To say that I am shocked by Sen. Rand Paul’s apparent sudden turn to the far left with statements both naive and contrary to fact is an understatement (“Immigration reform’s fatal flaw,” Commentary, June 24). Mr. Paul speaks of a “broken” system. What broken system?

Just because several administrations have failed to enforce the existing laws does not make a system broken. It simply means the system has been used unwisely. Our system, when enforced, has served this country well in requiring that an immigrant have a sponsor and a verifiable job prior to being awarded residency. Those details are based on submission of legal paperwork to our embassy or consulate in the applicant’s home country. It’s a good system; it’s just handled by an administration too lazy to do its job.

Mr. Paul, like many uninformed politicians, still clings to the erroneous notion that only 11 million illegals hide within our borders. If that were true, it would mean we are being told to believe that that total has not changed since the Eisenhower administration (an administration which, by the way, had the spine to send that many illegals home in order to provide job security for American workers).

Mr. Paul, Kentucky Republican, thinks that border security is the answer. Wrong again. Only economic sanctions against those countries whose state-sponsored illegal emigration is nothing less than a criminal enterprise will stem the flood. A second-year law student could draft a case under the Racketeer-Influenced and Corrupt Organization (RICO) laws.

The current immigration bill is a fool’s errand, and Mr. Paul, along with Sen. Marco Rubio, Florida Republican, seems willing to dance along the yellow brick road to disaster. Mr. Paul needs to buck up or shut up.

WILSON FARIS

Gaithersburg

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