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Immigration is corporate welfare

THE DECATUR DAILY:

To Rich Lopez' whine "... why don't we try to find the means to collectively make sure they are documented and follow the rules expediently?" there's an obvious answer.

It's not Americans' responsibility to correct illegal aliens' violation of U.S. immigration laws. The illegal aliens chose to violate the law when they entered the country illegally, and they alone bear the penalty for their lawbreaking.

Lopez disputes "that Hispanics come here begging for welfare and running up medical bills." Lopez may hope that Alabamians are unaware, but I and fellow Arizonans who collected signatures for Prop 200 know better. If illegal aliens don't use public benefits and unreimbursed medical costs, why did Hispanic advocacy groups oppose Arizona's Prop 200? Why has the Mexican government threatened legal action in "international world courts" to overturn Prop 200? And the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund continues legal action in U.S. courts to defeat Prop 200.

How can ivory-tower elites like Bill Wilkes credibly spout their "one-generation drain" predictions? What crystal ball enables them to know that the "next generation" won't be drug dealers or school dropouts? Their future computer model predictions will prove as false as those in the past.

If illegal aliens are such valuable workers, why do their employers insist on passing the costs to the taxpaying public? Public welfare benefits bridge the gap between the employer's slave wages and living costs. Taxpayers provide the "free medical care," rent and utility subsidies and food stamps that reduce the employer's labor costs.

Illegal immigration is corporate welfare, fattening business wallets. The National Chamber of Commerce represents businesses that want to keep their taxpayer-subsidized cheap labor.

Sandra Miller

Phoenix, Ariz.

Immigration should be limited

THE DECATUR DAILY:

As an immigrant who has helped people immigrate legally to the United States, I wish to respond to your article, "Mixed message on illegal aliens."

Last December, Barron's reported that underground economy in this country, fueled largely by "the nation's swelling ranks of low-wage illegal immigrants," would "soon pass $1 trillion." Assuming that low-income legal and illegal immigrant workers pay taxes diligently, the revenue they generate will not be enough to cover the cost of educating their children — an average of more than $7,000 per child per year — let alone the costs of many other expansive services. Furthermore, the United States cannot afford to add several million people a year to this country who all consume energy and water, and need jobs while millions of poor Americans are out of work.

Responsible elected officials should deny all benefits to illegal aliens and support enforcement of our immigration laws. Legal immigration should be reduced to a level that would not negatively affect those who are here legally.

Yeh Ling-Ling

Executive Director

Diversity Alliance for a Sustainable America

Oakland, Calif.

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