After their annual party retreat, House Republican leaders have set their sights on a list of principles for immigration reform. Some Democrats expressed optimism about reaching a bipartisan compromise. With this approach, will Republicans be able to position themselves as leaders on immigration reform, or will it be too little, too late, given party hopes to woo more Hispanic voters in this year’s elections?I don’t think it makes much difference what the GOP proposes. Anything short of total amnesty and citizenship for the millions of people here in violation of our immigration laws will not be acceptable to the Democrats. If there is no “path to citizenship,” the undocumented immigrants are worthless to the Democratic Party. If they can’t vote, what good are they? This is a very callous attempt to create a majority voting block composed of entitlement voters dependent on Democrats. — Troy Worthy, HurstThe Republican immigration reform won’t really woo more Hispanics to vote for them because their stance on immigration in general has polarized too many Democrats and their constituents. Pandering to a particular demographic group will always generate unfavorable rhetoric, so bipartisan compromise is not a quid pro quo.Illegal aliens or those who immigrate here legally are here to stay — it’s the new landscape. Immigration reform should also include laws against exploitation of these folks, since generally they will work minimum wage or below that level at jobs Americans won’t do.Hotels, restaurants and the agriculture industry rely on immigrants. They have been discriminated against long enough and the time has come to realize their “I have a dream.” — April Rogers, Fort WorthWhy is it that a policy that has worked well for 200 years needs to be reformed? Probably for the same reason that the greatest country in the history of mankind “needs to be changed.” Change is a positive concept when it is needed but disastrous if not. So it is with those who want to come to this country. It is not to embrace the mores, habits and beliefs of its society. It is because of the opportunity available.So what is it about our present immigration policy that needs changing?Those who want to come here say it should be made easier to immigrate and enjoy the bounties of the citizenry. Making it easier means many more are permitted to enter. Does our economy require more immigrants? If so, then that is a valid reason. If not, then those in favor of reform just want more votes. — Grady Fuller, Kennedale
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