Deseret News
Letter to the editor

Our current immigration laws favor would-be illegal immigrants over would-be legal immigrants by making it really difficult and expensive to immigrate legally, and comparatively easy and inexpensive to immigrate illegally. We exacerbate the problem by offering amnesty to illegal immigrants, thus perpetuating the status quo. We bicker over symptoms such as border security and children who were brought to the U.S. illegally by their parents.

The solution to the immigration issue in the United States is simple. 1) Make it easier to legally immigrate to the U.S. 2) Make it less economically rewarding to enter and/or remain in the United States illegally.

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It would be in our best interest to do the following, too, but such measures are not necessary to prevent illegal immigration and may hinder compromise. 1) Reform laws that make it unreasonably difficult for professionals qualified in other countries to practice their profession in the U.S. 2) Stop granting amnesty to people who enter the U.S. illegally. 3) Fine employers for hiring illegal immigrants without at least using a simple tool like e-verify to confirm their status.

We don’t lack the ability to fix this issue. We lack the desire. Neither Democrats nor Republicans want to raise quotas and lower hurdles because we the people fear competition. As long as we refuse to accept that our economy can sustain more immigrants than we’re permitting to enter legally, there will be people willing to find ways to enter illegally.

Ben Oldham

West Valley City