Let's get a couple of things out of the way right off the top. Yes, America is a melting pot of immigrants. And many of them may be hardworking people looking to better their lives and the lives of their families. Bottom line is this: All that is irrelevant if they are here illegally. Then there is this ignorant line by illegal advocates that they are doing jobs that natural- born Americans won't do. I read a couple of years ago that 26 percent of agricultural workers are potentially illegal. I read that as saying that 74 percent of agricultural workers are, get this, natural born Americans. Imagine that! I also know a heck of a lot of natural-born Americans who would love a job in the construction or landscaping industry, but can't get one because of all the illegals taking up the jobs and driving down wages.
We are the only country in the world, including Mexico, that does not enforce its immigration laws. In fact, Mexico's own laws for those crossing its southern border are much harsher than anything we have ever even contemplated, and it's patrolled by the Mexican Army.
They are a burden to all of our social services, schools, and hospitals. They are the primary reason for the staggering cost of Medicaid and other social programs. I am all for immigration - legal immigration, that is. Illegals are an insult to everyone who has ever entered the country legally. The S.C. law is a good starting point, but it's not tough enough. Arizona's is a near copy of the federal law, but with teeth. It's what is needed in every state, since the government refuses to enforce its own laws.
The writer lives in Conway.
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