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Border needs more fencing, patrols

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SEAN HENNEBERRY
June 10, 2011
EDITOR’S NOTE: This is among commentaries written by students in the Washington Seminar program at Janesville Parker High School. The seminar is for students in the advanced placement U.S. government course taught by Joe Van Rooy.

Recently, illegal immigration has not been shown the attention it deserves as a serious issue in the United State due to the focus on the national budget crisis. After researching this topic and conducting interviews in Washington, I have found myself agreeing with many experts that we need to do something about the enormous number of immigrants entering our country illegally.


According to the Center for Immigration Studies, as of 2007, about 12.5 million illegal immigrants were in the United States. In 2008, the number was 11 million. As of 2010, the figure was almost 23 million. Illegal immigrants hold about 11.8 million “skilled” jobs in the economy.


Both parties of our government need to work together to pass a comprehensive immigration reform bill and to do something about the illegal immigrants already in the United States.


Jon Feere of the Center for Immigration Studies says “A strategy of attrition through enforcement, which includes mandatory workplace verification and measures to curb misuse of Social Security numbers, could reduce the illegal population by as many as 1.5 million illegal immigrants each year.”


I also agree with Erik Rurak, a legal representative for the Federation for American Immigration Reform. He stated that we should secure the border with fencing and patrols that include National Guard troops.


“We need a lot more people on the border, which could include the use of aerial reconnaissance and help from local law enforcement,” Rurak said. “We would also need to take away the job incentive and make e-verify mandatory.”


In order to pass a comprehensive immigration bill, our government needs to work together, enforce border security and really start to get the ball rolling on multiple enforcement tools and especially e-verify.



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