Let the illegals in — just keep track of them

To the editor:

My thoughts regarding Arizona’s immigration law: Let them all in and give them working visas. Is that not what America is all about?

We are all immigrants in the United States — with the exception of American Indians. Charge each incoming immigrant a nominal fee, equal to the amount he pays the coyote runners who sneak him into the country. Keep good track of their whereabouts. Make them go through the registration process by conducting fingerprinting, picture taking and background checks.

All the work involved will require workers. I think, overall, it will be good for the economy. It will put the coyote runners out of business and secure the borders. Why sneak in when you don’t have to?

Revenues for the states, especially the states bordering Mexico, will increase drastically and we will be able to account for everyone who enters.

Eric Tan

Las Vegas

Tough luck

To the editor:

For almost 40 years I drove over the road, I was stopped at every state line and scale. I was checked for bills of lading, license, log books, fuel permits and weight tickets. Who cares it was all part of the game?

So if someone has to prove who he is, that’s tough. Get over it.

R. Olson

North Las Vegas

It’s the law

To the editor:

When states such as Arizona have to resort to passing their own law on the illegal immigration problem because the federal government won’t do the job, we the people of the United States have a problem.

When the president of the United States sues to stop enforcement of this law because he wants to grant amnesty and add these illegal aliens to the voting rolls, we the people have a bigger problem.

We can’t trust our elected officials’ promises as evidenced when Ronald Regan promised us secure borders after granting amnesty in the ’80’s. Why would we trust them now, as President Obama wants, to grant amnesty first and secure borders second?

Sen. Lindsay Graham, an original sponsor of the immigration reform bill, has finally listened to the people and dropped himself as a sponsor. Recently on FOX news he actually stated he wants to introduce legislation changing the law about anchor babies.

In other words, if a child is born in the United States to illegal alien parents then that child will not be made an American citizen, but rather becomes a citizen of the parents’ country.

Further, we need to work toward denying all illegal aliens, no matter what country they are from, access to any and all social services, such as welfare, Medicaid, Medicare, food stamps, rental assistance, Social Security and free education, whether these services are funded publicly or privately.

I’ve been saying this for years, and I will continue to state that if we don’t give these illegal aliens all these free benefits, they will self-deport — and if they don’t, we need to help them leave. The United States is broke — we can no longer afford to support these illegal aliens in our country.

Why should we, a nation of laws, change our laws to accommodate those who have broken them? Why shouldn’t legal citizens be allowed to sue the U.S. government for the discrimination they practice against us by selectively enforcing the law? If we break the law we are possibly arrested and jailed, yet they want to discriminate against us by granting amnesty to those who have broken our immigration laws.

When are we going to understand that the law is the law and ignorance of the law is no excuse? When any nation’s laws are selectively enforced, in other words ignored, this is the first step on the path toward a dictatorship or total anarchy.

If the illegal aliens don’t like American laws in America, they need to go back to whatever country they are from and change their own laws to make their country better. And they should quit telling us we are wrong because we want our laws upheld.

Kathleen M. Stone

Pahrump

Bad view

To the editor:

When I heard President Barack Obama had dissed the Boy Scouts of America at their 100 year Jamboree just so he could appear on “The View” television show, I was disgusted. Then it hit me. When a Boy Scout states the Scout Law, he states, “A scout is trustworthy.” President Obama does not even know what the word means. No wonder he didn’t want to appear with people who actually believe in trustworthiness.

On “The View,” beyond Elizabeth Hasselbeck, he could tell the hosts and the audience of that show that the sky was orange and they would believe him.

Once I figured this out, I was not disgusted with the president’s decision, it was completely understandable.

Brian Danise

North Las Vegas

Tough love

To the editor:

John L. Smith’s Thursday column laments the “tough love” aspect of Sharron Angle, Republican candidate for U.S. Senate. His progressive-minded disagreement with her over the issues he stated is exactly why we are, as a society, in this very situation.

I’d like to ask Mr. Smith to read the words in a prayer given by the most revered and time-honored man in our world today — the Reverend Billy Graham:

“Woe to those who call evil good, but that is exactly what we have done. We have lost our spiritual equilibrium and reversed our values. We have exploited the poor and called it the lottery. We have rewarded laziness and called it welfare. We have killed our unborn and called it choice. We have shot abortionists and called it justifiable. We have neglected to discipline our children and called it building self-esteem. We have abused power and called it politics. We have coveted our neighbors possessions and called it ambition. We have polluted the air with profanity and pornography and called it freedom of expression. And we have ridiculed the time-honored values of our forefathers and called it enlightenment. … “

The Rev. Graham closes his prayer with “Search us, Oh God, and know our hearts today; cleanse us from every sin and set us free!”

So, Mr. Smith, do you honestly believe your progressive beliefs have been good? I think most would welcome tough love in order to be set free.

Cherie S. Wood

Las Vegas

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