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Kingman Letters: Americans will do this work

The illegal immigration problem is one that Congress must address. It is not Obama's right or privilege to pen executive orders granting amnesty to millions of illegals currently in the U.S. or future illegals. His only task is to enforce existing immigration law.

Thomas J. Donohue, president and CEO of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, writes, "Our nation can't compete and win without the world's best talent and hardest workers. We can't sustain vital programs for the elderly and the less fortunate without more employees ... to grow our economy and tax base. We can't harvest our food, care for our sick, or sustain our military without immigrants and temporary workers."

"We need ... programs that would allow employers to use immigrant labor when U.S. employees are not available." The often-used excuse by immigration activists is that illegals fill the need to do work that Americans won't do (field work, stoop labor, unskilled and menial jobs of all sort).

The counter-argument to that fabrication is simple: Congress should move to stop paying two years of unemployment insurance wages for millions of able-bodied workers. Stop paying $2,200 monthly Section-8 rent for millions of able-bodied people. Stop providing welfare payments, food stamps or EBT (?) for millions of able-bodied people. (Disclaimer - there are valid reasons for people to be unemployed, need Section-8 housing or food stamps; but 47 million?).

Stop indulging the liberal-progressive social-welfare agenda and require some of those able-bodied unemployed, welfare recipient, Section-8 people to do the work that Americans won't do.

Lastly, the liberal-progressive politicians and the "mainstream media" (or any media for that matter) have failed to explore or present any survey, questionnaire or interview of lawful immigrants that offers their opinion about amnesty or short-cuts to citizenship for illegals. What of their lengthy wait, often many years, the great expense, the terror many endured, the nerve-wracking interrogations and the anxiety of waiting and waiting for that day when they can finally take the citizenship oath? Does that count for nothing?

D.B. Mitchell

Valle Vista

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