Your e-mails: The immigration debate
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(CNN) -- President Bush's proposed guest worker program is dividing Republicans ahead of a Senate vote on an immigration bill next week. CNN's Jack Cafferty asked viewers of the "Situation Room" what needs to be debated when it comes to immigration reform. Here is a selection of their responses, sent in by e-mail:
We should debate whether the United States of America is a country (i.e. geographical and political entity with internationally recognized, defended and respected borders), or a bordello open 24/7/365, where anyone could sneak in as pleased, and once thrown out of the door comes back right through the window.
Why American workers get paid many times more than anybody else in the world for the same work?
The Senate Judiciary Committee should put the "enforcement-only" immigration bill on hold. The committee should first update our broken immigration system by implementing real reform that includes a path to citizenship for the undocumented population.
Nothing needs to be debated. What needs to be done is 1) build the fence 2) round up the illegals and ship them home 3) throw those who hired them in jail. And I might remind these congressional weasels of both parties that illegals don't vote. We citizens do.
Why doesn't anyone consider the real cost of illegal immigration? Contractors hire them because they work for next to nothing, which drives down the wages of legal workers, which fattens the wallets of the contractors, who grease the wheels of the political machines... Oh, never mind, I answered my own question.
What needs to be debated? How high to build the wall?
There is nothing to debate. The current levels of illegal immigration are unsustainable if we want to maintain a decent standard of living for the majority of people in this country.
One important question is how to deal fairly with the millions of illegal aliens who are already here, in such a way as not to encourage even more to sneak in and add to the problem. The last time amnesty was offered, it turned into an incentive for more illegals to follow.
The solution to the illegal immigration issue is really quite simple. When the employers of undocumented and/or illegal immigrants receive hefty fines and/or jail time, the number of undocumented workers will fall precipitously.
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