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Vail Daily letter: Change needed, all right

Alan McGrew
Vail, CO, Colorado

When the current administration ran for office, the platform was “change” without explaining what was going to be changed. Now every change is titled “Reform.”

Wikipedia’s definition of reform: “Reform means to put or change into an improved form or condition; to amend or improve by change of form or removal of faults or abuses. (B)eneficial change, more specifically, reversion to a pure original state, to repair, restore or to correct. Reform is generally distinguished from revolution. The latter means basic or radical change; whereas reform may be no more than fine tuning, or at most redressing serious wrongs without altering the fundamentals of the system.”

Our current immigration policy needs more revolution, and less reform. We need to enforce the existing laws, to extend and strengthen the fence (which is more ladder than barrier), and to impose severe penalties on employers of illegal workers.

We need to enforce and strengthen INA:ACT 264(e), which states: “Every alien, 18 years of age and over, shall at all times carry with him and have in his personal possession any certificate of alien registration or alien registration receipt card issued to him pursuant to subsection (d). Any alien who fails to comply with the provisions of this subsection shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and shall upon conviction for each offense be fined not to exceed $100 or be imprisoned not more than thirty days, or both.”

Why are we unwilling or unable to enforce immigration law? If someone is suspected of DUI, he is required to be tested for alcohol.

If someone is suspected of a felony and only speaks Vietnamese or Swedish, why shouldn’t the police ask to see alien registration documents?

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INA:ACT 264(e) needs to be reformed to impose penalties of a fine not to exceed $1,000, imprisonment of not more than 90 days, and possible deportation.

The U.S. Constitution needs to be amended to deprive automatic citizenship to children of illegal immigrants.

The amendment should also confer the right to run for president on children of U.S. citizens that are born overseas.

As it now stands, children of illegal immigrants that are born in the United States may run for president. If U.S. citizens have a child overseas, the child is prohibited from the presidency.

The current and past administrations have turned a blind eye on revolutionizing immigration policy to the detriment of the nation as a whole. Washington prefers to allow illegal immigration to continue, while spending time on quashing those who would like to protect our borders.

The first two indictments against King George in the Declaration of Independence: “He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good. He has forbidden his Governors to pass Laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till his Assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them.”

I wonder what Thomas Jefferson would think of Obama.

Alan McGrew

Avon