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Solving illegal worker problem not complicated

Solving the illegal immigration problem isn't rocket science, yet the president and others would have us think so.

The president now proposes the goofy idea of catching would-be immigrants at the border and returning them to their hometowns far, far from the border.

He's also talking about a guest worker status for them that would act as a human sponge to sop up some of the 10 million or so illegal immigrants.

He's in a political pickle because the American people are fed up with having the laws violated while having to pay for the social impact of low-paid, foreign-speaking workers.

Then there are the people who tap these hard-working people as a ready labor pool and don't want immigration laws strictly enforced.

The president, sensing a major shift in public attitudes, is trying to make the issue so complex that average Americans will think he's actually trying to bring order to a chaotic situation. But he's protecting this labor pool.

The solution: Don't hire illegal workers. If there is no work in this country for them, they'll stop coming, and many of those already here will return home without having to be deported.

Rep. Lea Fite, D-Anniston, prefiled a bill in the Legislature that would fine employers who do not properly verify that a new hire is in this country legally. The bill would force employers to get verification from the Department of Homeland Security's Basic Pilot Program.

But as long as employers have almost no responsibility in making sure their immigrant workers are legal, they won't.

The president says he opposes an amnesty program, but his proposed temporary worker program would have the same result. He's not being candid with the American people.

America is a land of immigrants, and continues to openly embrace those who come here legally and support the United States. But what is happening isn't good for the long-term stability of our nation.

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