- The Washington Times - Friday, March 12, 2010

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

The so-called “immigrant rights groups” calling for a moratorium on deportations of illegals (” ‘Betrayed’ activists tell Obama to protect illegals,” Page I, Tuesday) have the potential to cause political damage to politicians who champion such a cause.

These groups constantly try to sell the fantasy that they have widespread support among mainstream Americans and legal immigrants. The reality is that the American public is starting to educate itself and is realizing that the presence of so many illegal immigrants is having a detrimental effect on the United States.

Recent attempts to pass legislation that would have given amnesty to the estimated 12 million illegals residing here inadvertently served an important purpose, which will only increase as the groups begin their major push for amnesty. That purpose is educating the American people in what these groups don’t want them to know, such as that the presence of illegals in the country leads to increased crime, a drain on natural resources and public coffers in every state where they reside, increased inflation caused by the draining of currency from our economy, the reduction in available jobs for citizens and legal immigrants and the dilution of the American culture.

These groups also attempt to sell the myth that anyone who wants to remove illegal immigrants is anti-immigration, which couldn’t be further from the truth. Many U.S. citizens, including me, are staunch immigration supporters. However, I want sustainable limits imposed that allow new immigrants to assimilate into our society without destroying the fabric that is America.

Finally, these groups want to hide from the American public the reality that giving 12 million illegals citizenship is actually giving up to 40 million people citizenship. Current law allows immigrants to sponsor fathers, mothers, brothers, sisters, aunts, uncles, cousins, etc. Can we absorb this mass of humanity? Even though they wouldn’t admit it, I think their answer also would be no. In the end, it comes down to the simple fact that not everyone around the world who wants to come to the United States can. Let’s work hard to improve conditions in the countries from which they come. That’s where the true value is.

MIKE CIFARELLI

Rockville, Md.

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