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Who says Democrats and Republicans can’t agree on anything. On Monday, another historic event occurred in the U.S. Senate that if taken to completion will change American life forever. Democrats, in their desire to create their version of “the hundred year reich” and Republicans eager to fill their campaign war chests with corporate contributions, have sold out American culture and its citizens. Is it any surprise people feel so disconnected and disgusted with their elected officials? How much louder do the people of this country have to scream: “We are not opposed to legal immigration but we are opposed to amnesty”. Lets make this simple so that even our senators from Virginia understand it. If you broke the law to get in or stay in this country, you are a criminal. Please take careful note of the period at the end of the previous sentence. Any action that does not impose a penalty commensurate with the law is amnesty. Note, another period. Changing the law so that a law breaker is no longer breaking a law is also amnesty, and so on. Why is this so hard for our state senators to understand? We really don’t need “comprehensive reform” to deal with this problem. We need enforcement of the current laws including taking steps already authorized by previous administrations to secure the border.

The most insidious part of S.744 is that for all its talk of security before “legalization,” the security provisions can all be undermined or ignored by the Department of Homeland Security. The director of DHS is a presidential appointee, meaning that border security and its associated legalization triggers are now transferred form the representatives of the people to the executive branch of government. I don’t remember this being an enumerated power under the constitution, do you?

There are common sense changes that could and should be made to immigration policy. It should not require a lawyer and thousands of dollars to become a citizen. We should have more diversity in the ethnicity of our immigrants than we have seen in the past two decades. These are the things our senate should be discussing. It’s time for the voices of the people to rise and demand the attention of our representatives. I for one am a little tired of Sens. Warner and Kaine doing their Charlie McCarthy act where their mouths move and Harry Reid’s words come out.

Howard DeFelice, Herndon