Diagnose immigration problem before treatment
June 08, 2013 11:36 PM | 2147 views | 2 2 comments | 44 44 recommendations | email to a friend | print

I’m writing to highlight two important issues that are often left out of the immigration reform discussion.

• Before any immigration reform is undertaken, a thorough assessment of the illegal immigration problem needs to be undertaken. Supposedly there are 11 million illegal immigrants in the United States, but how do we know that’s the right number? Who counted them? How many have committed crimes and/or are receiving government assistance?

Doing immigration reform before a complete assessment of the problem is done is like getting treatment or a prescription from your doctor before they see you and/or do a diagnostic workup. No one would tolerate that and their lawyers would take legal action for such treatment in a split second!

• Secondly, Sen. Marco Rubio and others say that illegal immigrants won’t be eligible for ObamaCare. OK, so where do they then get their health care? Does anyone really believe that an illegal immigrant making about $1,500 a month is going to spend a large part of it to buy health care insurance through the health care exchanges?

Won’t happen, so what will they do? The same thing they’ve always done, they’ll go the Emergency Room at the hospitals and be treated for free — but not really since the paying customers pick up those costs.

Therefore, before our politicians rush half-cocked to fix a problem we really don’t know or completely understand, I suggest we step back and do a complete assessment before any possible legislation is undertaken.

Diagnoses before treatment! It’s the right prescription for America.

James N. Astuto

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June 09, 2013
Very good letter, Jim. You have completely stated the obvious so I'm not sure why others don't see the foresight you have pointed out.

The illegals are sucking all of the freebies and these resources should be earmarked for law abiding, Americans. All the while they won't learn English and the majority of them act like the United States isn't doing enough for them.

I'm especially curious to see accurate statistics as to how many illegals are breaking the law. Not a day goes by without reading about drunk driving, meth labs, drug smuggling, driving without a license, driving without insurance, etc. If someone like you or me point it out, Rich Pellegrino and Jerry Gonzalez try and label us racists. What a crock.
Pat H
June 09, 2013
And they will continue to have anchor babies to receive welfare and many other benefits while destroying neighborhoods and schools.

How do they possibly have enough money to send back to their home countries that amount to billions?
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