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Illegal immigration a major problem that U.S. must address

During the cold spell and being stuck inside, I had a lot of time to research some issues that I was not aware of connected to immigration. I know that we hear a lot about immigration on the news every day, but they do not explain what the different items mean or what they involve.

We have as many as 22 million illegal immigrants in the U.S. because of the lax border security (no fences in some areas), the sanctuary policies used by some states (Illinois being one of them) and from not using E-Verify across the U.S.

Also, the non tracking of those who come here using work and education visas who let them run out, and they stay here and take advantage of our great services.

It’s funny how we can track where a cow was during a mad cow disease outbreak, but cannot know where a human is when their visa runs out.

We have politicians in office, both Democrats and Republicans, many of them for decades, one of our own senators being one of them, who have done nothing to correct any of these immigration problems.

Here are some of the problems: it is hard to deport illegal immigrants who commit crimes due to sanctuary cities and states; end chain migration that permits immigrants to bring into the U.S. unlimited numbers of relatives; enforce federal laws (E-Verify) against hiring illegal aliens for jobs that belong to U.S. workers; and limiting immigration from countries with terrorist backgrounds and have a strict background check for them.

The U.S. Census Bureau data shows that if current immigration trends continue, our population will increase to more than 500 million this century, making demands on our crowded hospitals, schools and cities and depleting our natural resources.

This will also make that English will no longer be our prominent language. We now have added expenses when they print all directions in more than one language, issue driver’s licenses to illegal immigrants and need to hire a Spanish-speaking tester, which Illinois has done.

Here are some figures connected to Illegal Immigration that cost taxpayers: it costs $113 billion a year for state and local services, it costs $52 billion a year for education, an estimated $2.5 billion in Medicaid benefits each year, $1.9 billion in programs such as food stamps and free school lunches.

The cost of health care for uninsured illegal immigrants is $4.3 billion a year, driving up insurance rates and health care costs for all Americans. Because of chain migration, each new naturalized immigrant under the current law is allowed to bring their relatives, including sons, daughters (and their children), parents (and their relatives), sisters, brothers (and their spouses and children). This all adds to the immigration problem, which our lawmakers have done nothing to correct.

We need to get our politicians to change our laws and secure our border.

We need to enforce our E-Verify and fine the employers heavily who don’t follow the rules and start following the persons here on visas and issue a warrant for their arrest when they overstay their visas since they are breaking our laws and stop making newborns in the U.S. citizens who are born to illegal immigrants. If the parents are not here legally, they should not be one either.

Ray White

Ohio

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