Immigration Frustration

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In "The Dems' Immigration Dilemma" [November 19] Gloria Borger stated that Democrats are debating how to handle "benefits for illegal immigrants."

Illegal immigration is a completely separate issue from immigration. I was reared in liberal Connecticut but now live in conservative Arizona. This issue affects Arizonans directly every day. I will be voting for the presidential candidate, regardless of party, who understands what illegal means and is willing to step up to the plate on this issue.

Barbara Hartenberg

Gold Canyon, Ariz.  

I was an illegal for two years until I found a way to legally immigrate and become a U.S. citizen. While an illegal resident, I worked and paid my taxes as most of those 12 million do. They may not pay taxes in their own name, but most of their employers see a green card, write down the name and number, and collect taxes that are paid to the proper authorities. The problem is not whether the wall to be built is too high or too low. There is no doubt that the flow of illegals must be stopped. The problem is the 12 million people residing in the United States without proper papers. In my opinion, the only humane thing to do is to grant amnesty to these people, integrate them legally into the U.S. economy, and hope that with stronger controls at the border, be it with walls or border stations, new inflows will be stopped.

Peter Neuhaus

Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.  

In building on Borger's immigration column, I believe all good politicians know that if they do something to please one group, they will displease another. Therefore, they do nothing. If they are forced to do something, their biggest dilemma is how to turn away the least number of votes. Their preferable path is to promise but not fulfill. After all, the most important thing is to be elected and re-elected. Oh, for the days when country was more important than self.

Bill Redmond

Myrtle Creek, Ore.