Lane Beattie's call seems to be to speed up the passage of the "gang of eight" immigration bill that is now in the U.S. Senate ("There is no time for delay on comprehensive immigration reform," May 26). But this bill covers many different aspects of immigration and it is extremely important that each of these aspects are examined. Many congressmen have said that these subjects should be covered in separate bills and I tend to agree.
There are several positive items in the proposed immigration bill and many of the items mentioned by Beattie may be feasible, one being the domestic need for certain skilled people. And there can be strong arguments made for giving illegal immigrants who have lived in this country for a long time without having legal problems a pathway to working legally if they return to their home country to make application and have a sponsor.
But the ultimate priorities in this immigration overhaul must include stronger border control and enforcement of a mandatory status verification system for employers to use in their hiring practices. These two very important items must come first before anything else is decided on and implemented.