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Letter: Five goals to achieve on immigration

By Paul Westrum, Albert Lea

Over the years, I’ve had many people ask me what I would like to see done on the immigration issue.

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1. Enforce our immigration laws. They haven’t been enforced for the last 25 years or more.

2. Secure our borders.

3. Stop illegal immigration. Remember, illegal aliens come from every country on the planet. All illegal aliens should be deported. Tell them they have 60 days to leave on their own or we will round them up and send them back home at their expense. This would be the cheapest in the long run.

The government says there’s 11 million, but it has been saying that for about 12 years. According to Barron’s financial magazine, it is 20 to 25 million. It would free up about 8 million jobs. We don’t need these law-breakers. If we took away all the freebies they get, most of them would self-deport.

4. From 1928 to 1965, we let in about 178,000 legal immigrants per year. Now it is up to over 1 million per year. We don’t need all these people, and our resources are finite.

5. Let’s not import poverty, Let’s let in people who have the talents to make the U.S. a better country, not people who drag us down. Limit immigrants to 200,000 a year.

I have worked on this issue since 1994, and have had the same goals since then.