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Reform is the answer, not a 'great wall'

Published: Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014 1:15 a.m. CST • Updated: Tuesday, April 1, 2014 10:08 a.m. CST

Mr. Garcia's recent letter [Feb. 14 titled “Path to more votes through immigrants”] addressing immigration reform is confusing.

As an apologist for many Republican policies, including demanding increased border security and enforcing existing immigration laws by deporting illegal immigrants, he takes the current administration to task for doing exactly that. I am not sure what he is asking for other than a “great wall” of the Southwest.

History can be a guide as to the success of border walls. The Great Wall of China didn't save the Ming dynasty; the Berlin Wall didn't keep out democracy. A great wall along the U.S.- Mexico border won't stop illegal immigration.

Comprehensive immigration reform, something the Republican House members won't engage, is the only answer. That answer won't come unless the questions of what to do about immigration, guest workers, and citizenship are addressed.

Jingoist slogans put forth by many conservative House members and tea party advocates won't lead to a solution, and the solution is not a wall.

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