LETTER: Immigration policies need to be changed

Jul. 24, 2013 @ 04:58 AM

To the Editor:

Today, as our representatives continue debating immigration, one fact remains clear: our nation desperately needs to change our current immigration policies. The numbers are shocking. Almost 11 million people are currently living in the shadows as undocumented immigrants. On the border, in 2008 alone, more than 700,000 people were apprehended by border security attempting to illegally enter America.

With numbers that high, we are in obvious need of reform. Now is the time to step up and do the work necessary for real, substantial change. Ideally, and my greatest hope, the House will pass comprehensive reform that effectively addresses immigration issues across the board. Nevertheless, I at least hope they will prioritize documenting illegal immigrants currently in the U.S. and devoting resources to thoroughly secure our boarder.

Immigration has been, and will likely remain, a partisan issue. For the good of our nation, I hope both parties can put aside their differences and work together to pass immigration reform. Both House Speaker John Boehner and Congressman Paul Ryan have expressed concerns about current policies and hope for new immigration legislation within the year. Following their lead, I hope House members across the nation do everything in their power to pass the best immigration reform possible in 2013.

Richard Blackwelder