EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

June 7, 2013

Letter: Immigration system is broken but Gang of Eight billl won't fix it

The Eagle-Tribune

---- — To the editor:

As Massachusetts residents recover from the physical and emotional trauma caused by the Boston Marathon bombings, we are beginning to see the results of a lax immigration policy and the failure to track individuals crossing our borders.

Despite claims to the contrary, the Gang of Eight immigration bill will not fix our flawed system; it may, in fact, make matters worse.

The bill raises serious public safety and national security concerns.

For starters, it authorizes the Department of Homeland Security to waive national security and criminal background checks and allows for the forgiveness of applicants who have committed fraud and misrepresentation.

Sounds like a dream come true for would-be terrorists, doesn’t it?

Clearly, our immigration system is broken and in need of reform. However, this legislation, now over 1,000 pages, leaves far too many opportunities for waivers and exemptions, rendering the bill toothless.

Many of the provisions are completely unenforceable, and there is no assurance that the passing of this law will make our borders more secure -- only that there is a “plan” to secure the borders.

I encourage members of Congress to oppose this bill and instead work on incremental, common-sense reforms. America deserves better.

Christine Morabito