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Letter: Immigration: Make process easier, keep undesirables out

Published: Monday, Feb. 4 2013 12:00 a.m. MST

The sun hangs low over the border fence along the Mexico/Arizona border near the Naco point of entry in Naco Ariz., Friday, Oct. 5, 2012

Brian Nicholson, Deseret News

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Immigration looks like it's about to replace the Second Amendment as the political topic of the month. Most of the talk is about what to do with the estimated 11 million illegal immigrants already in the United States.

I think all this focus, though an important question, distracts from the more important parts of the immigration issue.

In reality, the issue is simple. I think most of us do want immigrants in our country, we just want to make sure the terrorists, sex offenders and human and drug traffickers don't come in.

So in a nutshell, we want to make it easier to get here legally and harder to come here illegally (so the drug dealers, and sex offenders can't sneak past background checks).

The two important parts of the issue are streamlining the immigration process so immigrants can get approval faster and, I also believe, so more of them who want to can get into the country; and second, improving border security so people don't come through the "back door."

If it's easier than cake to enter the country legally there will be less incentive to break the law.

Matthew Stephens

West Valley City

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