Immigration Reform is Simple: Enforce Existing Laws
The American Legion's Position on Illegal Immigration
By Paul A. Morin
The United States Senate spoke loud and clear for the American people - this issue is too important to create new laws while ignoring existing laws.
The American Legion, most Americans, and the majority of legal immigrants oppose any measures that sanction or condone coming to this country in any manner other than as stipulated by existing law, whether disguised as "undocumented workers" or "guest-worker programs" or any other wordsmithing that is synonymous with amnesty.
Americans understand the meaning of "immigration," but the adjectives "legal" and "illegal" seem to be deliberately ignored by some.
The American Legion's official position is simple: enforcement, enforcement, and enforcement.
Assimilation into American society by legal immigrants is important to the nation's welfare; however, the failure to properly enforce existing immigration laws divides the nation and manifests both serious racial and cultural turmoil.
The message to Capitol Hill is clear:
Before enacting new laws that legalize illegal conduct, try enforcing existing laws.
(Paul A. Morin is national commander of the 2.7 million-member American Legion, the nation's largest veterans organization. The American Legion Illegal Immigration strategy paper can be viewed at www.legion.org/documents/pdf/immigrationpaper_0507.pdf)
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