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An open letter to Congressman Courtney:
This ‘government shutdown’ is much ado about nothing. Americans overwhelmingly want the border closed to illegals. An illegal alien getting into the United States needs to become a rare event. Whether the ‘wall’ is a physical wall and/or includes electronic surveillance does not matter. Stop the political games. Vote the money needed and let’s get on with doing your job as a Congressman.
What is important is that we stop the flow of illegal immigrants. The only people who should be eligible for asylum are those who apply at a border checkpoint or a U.S. Embassy. Certainly we need an effective guest worker program but it is not possible to manage such a program if we are not in control of our borders. Manual laborers, skilled workers up through scientists and researchers are all needed at different times and industries in our country. But the determination of who gets a work visa should not be a function of illegally getting a foot on U. S. soil.
Most people would agree that criminals, potential terrorists and gang members should be deported post haste. Children who through no fault of their own are here illegally need to be dealt with compassionately but what should this look like in practice? For those illegals who may have integrated into our society and are somehow earning their own way, what sort of accommodation should be made? Do illegals who are allowed to stay ever get a path to citizenship? All of these are difficult questions. We cannot resolve the issues around immigrants already in our country illegally until we close the border.
Edward W. Munster, Haddam
Former State Senator, 33rd District