Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

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Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

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Immigration reform must go deeper than a 'guest worker' plan

Regarding your May 2 editorial, "A 'guest worker' plan isn't a solution": It is depressing to read how Washington examines the immigration question, reaches an answer, and then acts in contradiction. Both the 1978 Select Commission on Immigration and Refugee Policy and the 1990 Congressional Bipartisan Commission on Immigration Reform urged reducing legal immigration and enforcing our borders, yet Congress and US presidents have done the opposite.

The entire immigration issue is a Ponzi scheme: more immigrants mean more immigration through "family reunification"; more amnesties mean more future amnesties as millions see there are no rules; and more Social Security contributors today mean more demand tomorrow as immigrants reach retirement age.

The proposals of the Senate and the president are unsustainable nonsense. Americans deserve more from their representatives.Tim AaronsonEl Cerrito, Calif.

I appreciate the point that "Importing temporary workers simply for their willingness to accept low wages, while companies avoid paying higher wages to jobless Americans, is hardly a wise immigration policy," and is one that won't check joblessness among high school dropouts, African-Americans, and white teenagers. But why should US society have high school dropouts? And why should white teenagers need to work, unless it is for fun? Can't the US, with its economic strength and institutions, create conditions where high school dropouts can be motivated and disciplined to continue education so that their need for semi- or un-skilled jobs is eliminated? This would also eliminate the need for the US to import highly skilled workers in select industries.Ashim ChatterjeeDelhi, India

Bravo for your May 2 editorial! Until recently I was an adjudicator for the Immigration and Naturalization Service (today the US Citizenship and Immigration Services). I was sent to school to learn immigration law. It's complicated. I have been dismayed at the lack of in-depth knowledge displayed by general commentaries in the media. Your editorial is the most educated I have read. …

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