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To the editor:
Last year, the Beacon published my letter in which I took to task the misguided notion that illegal immigrants are deprived unfortunates lurking in the shadowy underworld of our American culture. Many boldly and brazenly flaunt their illegal status and openly demand U.S. citizenship in addition to the many benefits they already have acquired illegally.
Americans always have welcomed with open arms those who cherish and respect what this great nation of ours stands for — individual freedom and equality for all under the law: “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free.” Yet, our immigration laws, in no need of reform, are trampled under foot daily. Here, as reported on May 28 by Reuters, the news agency is one result: “Tens of thousands of children unaccompanied by parents or relatives are flooding across the southern U.S. border illegally, forcing the Obama administration and Congress to grapple with both a humanitarian crisis and a budget dilemma.
An estimated 60,000 such children will pour into the United States this year, according to the administration, up from about 6,000 in 2011. Now, Washington is trying to figure out how to pay for their food, housing and transportation once they are taken into custody.
The flow is expected to grow. The number of unaccompanied, undocumented immigrants who are under 18 will likely double in 2015 to nearly 130,000 and cost U.S. taxpayers $2 billion, up from $868 million this year, according to administration estimates.”
John A. Donnelly