Letters: Secure the border

Published: Sunday, June 30 2013 12:00 a.m. MDT

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., right, confers with the committee's ranking Republican, Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Monday, May 20, 2013, as the committee assembles to work on a landmark immigration bill to secure the border and offer citizenship to millions.

J. Scott Applewhite, Associated Press

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Conservatives demand border security before any amnesty. Democrats and many Republicans alike say the new immigration bill does exactly that with its promises of more agents, technology and fencing. It's a ruse because discretion is given to the Secretary of Homeland Security, Janet Napolitano, to decide what provisions in regard to fencing and technology is implemented, and she is already on record saying that the border is secure now.

Such promises have been provided to sucker Republicans and get their way. Of course Napolitano is not going to secure the border, and anyone who thinks she will is foolish, including our own Sen. Orrin Hatch, who supports the bill, a bill also larded up with pork for the constituents of Sen. Harry Reid and Sen. Bernie Sanders. We'll now see how majority leader John Boehner deals with the bill in the House. I doubt he will stand up for conservative principles and will instead fold to the leftists again.

Gary Russon

Salt Lake City

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