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John Manesis letter: It's time to address illegal immigration

My father was a Greek immigrant who, like millions of others, came to America legally. Congress and President Bush have underestimated the frustration and anger of our citizens having to listen to illegal aliens demand their "rights."...

My father was a Greek immigrant who, like millions of others, came to America legally. Congress and President Bush have underestimated the frustration and anger of our citizens having to listen to illegal aliens demand their "rights."

Twenty years ago, Congress passed immigration "reform," purported to solve the problem of immigrants illegally crossing our border. Since then, the illegal population has swelled from 2 million to at least 20 million, overloading schools, hospitals and prisons with tremendous strains on states like California, Texas and Arizona. Growing numbers of illegals are coming across our northern border.

Thousands of our young Hispanic students, many with poor English language skills, have been encouraged by interest groups to miss valuable class time and join street "protests." We are lectured to by Mexican officials about being "racist" or "against minorities" - this coming from one of the most corrupt and violent countries in the hemisphere, one that encourages its people to illegally enter the United States.

Republicans and Democrats quake in their boots, many pandering to the growing Hispanic voting bloc by promoting amnesty, disguised under various euphemisms. Our borders must be secured. If we have to put thousands of National Guardsmen 20 feet apart along the border, so be it. If that fails, build a wall and then we can decide what to do about the millions of illegals already here.

For starters, they must get in line behind legal applicants who have been waiting years to become citizens. Our laws should be obeyed and when they are not, public cynicism ensues.

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If Congress feels current laws are unjust, let it go on record and vote to change them. A national ID card is a must and employers who knowingly hire illegals should be heavily fined.

The time for action is long overdue and President Bush must take the lead. He has not done so to date. We cannot rely on the "do nothing" Congress, worse than the one Harry Truman described in the late 1940s.

John Manesis

Fargo

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