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LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Penalty system, not immigration, is broken

- - Tuesday, March 25, 2014

I have been a huge fan of Armstrong Williams for years, but "A conversation on comprehensive immigration reform" (Web, March 23) does not answer the question that most politicians and illegal-alien front organizations continue to avoid: What is broken with the U.S. immigration system? No one will specify. I contend that nothing is wrong.

You are supposed to apply for citizenship at a local consulate or embassy. You must have a sponsor in this country, someone who will be legally responsible for you and your actions, and you must already have a job arranged. What is wrong with all that? Yes, it takes some time. Yes, it costs — but not as much as paying a "coyote" to bring you across the border.

We hear the tired old drum beat that illegals are willing to do "jobs that citizens won't take" and that illegals "pay taxes" or their "children were brought here at an early age." So? It is still a criminal act that, if I tried it in reverse, would land me in a Mexican prison for years until I was ransomed by my family.

In this column, Mike Cutler, a fellow at the Center for Immigration Studies and an adviser to the American Council for Immigration Reform, drones on and on about the same old stuff. I don't care if 40 percent of illegals swam the Rio Grande; it is illegal. No wall will stop it. It is stopped the same way you confront Russian President Vladmir Putin: with economics. Close the Mexican border to all traffic, on land and air for 60 days. Hold personally responsible for their illegals the governments of Mexico, China, Russia, Canada, Brazil and Ghana, and charge those governments for the capture, room and board, and ultimate deportation expenses of their citizens. Seize assets of American firms that knowingly hire illegals, as well as the assets of the officers of such firm.

The press and politicians do nothing to solve this problem. They seem to be writing just to be writing. Make it worthwhile or give up the profession. Illegal immigration is an insult to every American citizen, but especially to the millions of valued legal guests who came over here the right way.

WILSON FARIS

Gaithersburg