Under intense pressure from immigrant advocates, the administration hinted last week that the Department of Homeland Security might choose not to deport illegal immigrants if they have no serious criminal record. Republican opponents say such a decision would undermine immigration enforcement and U.S. borders.Would it? Or is this a way to achieve some level of immigration reform?With the Obama administration demonstrating lawlessness, is it any wonder Mexicans feel they have a right to unlawfully cross the border? It is not reform. You reap what you sow: disrespect of law. — Tom Stamey, Fort WorthIt hasn’t been that many years since business was thriving in this country based on illegal immigrant labor. They were paid low wages, had no benefits and worked long hours under unsafe conditions. At that time the government turned its head. Now a certain party wants to shove them back across the border.These people came here and served a purpose. They pay into Social Security but won’t get a dime of it. On those hot blistering days in Texas, who are the ones working in the heat, on the roads, on the roofs and construction? Not all are illegal, but most are Hispanics. Embrace those who are a benefit to this country and make them citizens. — Ron Tovar, River OaksWhat part of illegal is so hard for people to understand? It shouldn’t matter if they have a criminal record or don’t have a criminal record. I’m not against immigration, as I’m sure most Americans aren’t. Our country was built on immigrants from all nations. But we have immigration laws in effect that should be followed, especially by lawmakers. — Lynn Miller, North Richland HillsWe need immigration reform to allow needed workers to enter this country and supply labor of all kinds. To not deport non-criminal illegal immigrants is not “reform.” If you only deport the violent criminals, that makes some sense but doesn’t constitute reform.Reform is a pathway to permanent residence or citizenship.We need them, they need us. Let’s work it out. — Jesse Swagerty, ArlingtonThe president took an oath to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States. We have immigration laws on the books, passed by Congress, that must be enforced. This is the way our system works. Remember, the 9/11 hijackers and the Boston bombers would also be eligible for this “amnesty.” All were vetted, given visas and had committed no serious crimes until they blew up Americans. Think about it! — Nancy Ross, North Richland HillsThe executive branch wants to ignore existing immigration laws and create its own version by way of executive orders. This is not right and should not be allowed. Unless, of course, the Constitution was really just intended as a set of “guidelines” rather than the principles upon which the United States was founded. — Troy Worthy, HurstI owe Congressman Joe Barton an apology. When I heard he planned to submit his own immigration bill, I thought he was going to suggest bringing back the firing squad.When I read his proposal I was pleasantly surprised. It appears he is becoming more kind and tolerant, and I fully support that.I think he could have gone further on his proposal, but it is going in the right direction. — Al Vincent, ArlingtonThis is another way of achieving immigration reform — a disastrous way!It would garner more votes from those who favor open borders, and create open borders. Hordes of aliens would flood in, get on the welfare system and spiral the country into bankruptcy. — Grady Fuller, KennedaleThe Obama administration is proposing to ignore another of the laws the president swore to uphold. Like other politicians, even some nominal Republicans, he is placing the well-being of illegal aliens above that of ordinary Americans who belong here and those who follow the rules to become Americans.We have to start forcing our politicians to place Americans first by securing our borders and workplaces and reforming the visa system so citizens and legal immigrants don’t suffer fewer job opportunities, depressed wages, and higher tax burdens for the benefit of lawbreakers. Is anyone going to stand up for ordinary Americans and the rule of law, or do the Republican corporate cronies and vote-grubbing Democrats win? — Daniel O’Connor, EulessImmigration “reform” is a total misnomer. We have two entwined problems. One is a national security issue. The other is a humanitarian problem. A person would have to be naive to not assume that al Qaeda, jihadists, gangs and drug cartels are crossing at will. We will pay a heavy price if the border is not secured. The humanity problem can only be solved once the border is secured. — Mike Leinen, Grapevine
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