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Immigration problem too great to overcome?

Of the 35.2 million foreign-born people in the United States, between 9 and 13 million of them are here illegally.

More immigrants came to the United States during the past five years than during any period in the nation's history, even though the government issues only 50,000 green cards annually.

The reason so many are here, of course, is that the Bush administration unofficially bypasses the orderly system that assimilates foreigners. Using cheap illegal workers holds down labor costs.

The National Immigration Forum said that illegal immigrants constitute about 5 percent of the U.S. workforce.

The NIF says it would be more sensible to give illegal immigrants "a chance to join the American family on a permanent basis" because there are too many of them to deport and they fill a void in workers. But to reward people for breaking the law makes no sense.

The nation's approach to immigration policy is chaotic and tramples on U.S. law, and the American people should demand that it stop.

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