LETTERS: Republicans have no real answer for immigration reform

President Obama has stated his policy to permit a class of young undocumented immigrants to remain in the United States and possibly remain here subject to fulfilling certain requirements. To no surprise, the Republicans have strongly denounced this policy including Representative Rob Woodall.

The Republicans have no answer to immigration reform except to build more fences and walls and "self-deport" as suggested by Mit Romney.

For years, the Republicans in Congress have sat on their laurels and proposed nothing to address our country's immigration issues.

Words are cheap. The Republicans have no real answers to solve difficult national issues, but can only criticize.

--Torin Togut



notblind 2 years, 10 months ago

I agree that we do need reforms. Firstly, the 14th Amendment is being used to give citizenship to a class of people [ children of illegal aliens ] whose existence could not even be imagined by the framers of the Amendment. It would be like using a 19th century law to regulate nuclear powerplants.

Secondly, illegal aliens have no moral or legal justification for being inside our borders. Their actually being here in the numbers they have amassed shows a complete failure of our federal government to enforce existing laws. We need to pass laws FORCING federal and local officials, on pain of indictment, to pursue illegal aliens with every tool we can give them.

Next, we need to reconsider the federal edict that illegal aliens have a right to a taxpayer funded K through 12 education. Remember, these people have no moral or legal justification for being inside our borders. Extending them taxpayer funded entitlements is totally absurd.


snellvillemike 2 years, 10 months ago

We have laws that govern immigration. Those who sincerely wish to become a citizen of the United States can do so according to our laws. And the President of the United States is empowered to uphold and enforce the laws of the United States. He is not a king nor a dictator. President Obama should be impeached.


news2me 2 years, 10 months ago

I see no answers as well from Torin Togut (D). This letter is just to criticize Republicans.


FordGalaxy 2 years, 10 months ago

More often than not, when someone doesn't have a solution to a problem, they hope and pray that the opposing political point of view has no solution either, that way they can mock the opposition for not having a solution, as Torin Togut has. Or, if their solution isn't popular, they just blame the previous officeholder, as evidenced by the fact that nothing is Obama's fault, but George Bush, who has been out of office for three and a half years, is still to blame. It's a tried-and-true method of taking the responsibility off yourself and putting it on someone else.


gwinnettguy 2 years, 10 months ago

Why does it need to be reformed in the first place? We need to reform it because of the mob mentality behind it? A group of people want to get their way so they are going to raise hell to get it?


Jan 2 years, 10 months ago

The Republican Party main spokesperson - Mitt Romney - says it needs to be reformed and would not commit to changing this presidential policy if he wins the presidency. It took a filibuster by republicans to stop the passage of the act which would allow illegals to become legal by serving in the military. In polls, the majority of the country support the dream act. Why are so many in Gwinnett in the minority?


R 2 years, 9 months ago

Because we around here are starting to catch on and wake up just a little maybe?


genew 2 years, 10 months ago

Togut notably offered no solution nor do most liberals have a thoughtful solution. As a veteran with 26 years Army service and 5 years with the INS, I consider most liberal proposals to be without merit and without common sense. I object to using my military as a path to legality. With our military downsizing and having military service as a "mercenary" condition is idiotic given the very small number who would/could serve. This is a diversion from the real issue!

As for the Dream Act proposals, an amnesty for the young would have happened long ago but for liberal efforts to include myriad family member, including extended family members not even in the U.S. The proposed Dream Acts were purposely designed to eventually give amnesty to over 6 million Illegals and to effectively stymie the deportation of the rest. Yes, we need to institute a form of amnesty for the true children who are adversely affected but current Obama efforts are being structured to give amnesty, under the guise of "helping innocent children", to millions of non-deserving adult illegals.

I have yet to see a liberal like Togut offer up any proposal that would effectively stop the future waves of illegal immigration and still more future demands for amnesties. The absence of reasonable liberal proposals to stop future large waves of illegal aliens is the real reason "Dream Act" demands are being opposed. Likely, Togut hasn't a clue.

The fact that illegal immigrants are affecting our presidential elections is strong proof that illegal immigration has gotten out of control.


Jan 2 years, 10 months ago

I thank you for a well thought out, reasonable comment. I hope others will read it and learn how to make reasonable arguments without resorting to irrational outbursts so common when the subject is immigration.


CLawrenceville 2 years, 10 months ago

The key here is that these people are not immigrants. They walked across our boarders disregarding the laws of the United States as to becoming a US citizen. The statement that most Americans want the dream act is a myth. Most Americans want the laws of our country obeyed. Americans have to obey the laws, why are we catering to this one group? Our officials have sold out our country. It is a shame that states have to fight our government over people who should not be here in the first place. Go home and come back legally like the other true immigrants.


Stu 2 years, 9 months ago

OK, let's inject a few facts into this discussion.

First, the offenses that immigrants are charged with are civil, not criminal. They aren't criminals, people! If they were, they would have the right to retain a lawyer. They aren't afforded this right.

Second, no one talks about the role that the giant private prison companies have played in creating this mess. They helped draft the Arizona immigrant-bashing law, which became the model for our Georgia law. And they give hefty campaign contributions to and wine and dine state legislators who sponsor anti-immigrant legislation.

Under the old system, undocumented immigrants who were stopped were given a hearing date and released. 80%-90% of them showed up for the hearing. Now they are housed in private detention centers at taxpayer expense. The private prison industry basically created a lucrative solution in search of a nonexistent problem.

This has had some unfortunate consequences. First, the private prison companies care about one thing only: keeping their cells filled. After all, this is the basis on which they are paid. They don't care who is in the cells, or whether they belong there or not. This leads them to use their clout to block any attempts to rethink our broken immigration and criminal justice policies.

The private prison industry also cuts corners to maximize its profits. For example, instead of hiring local residents to staff its immigrant detention centers, it pays detainees $2-$3 a day to do the work. And it provide detainees with minimal to nonexistent medical care and inedible food.

Finally, it turns out that private prisons aren't even efficient -- a recent study found that they actually cost more per inmate per day than state-run prisons.

We should all be outraged to see our taxpayer dollars going to subsidize this inhumane, completely unnecessary boondoggle.


FordGalaxy 2 years, 9 months ago

If they are using any sort of false documentation, such as driver's licenses, birth certificates, or social security cards, then I think a strong argument could be made that they are committing a crime.


R 2 years, 9 months ago

Its CIVIL so WHO Cares?
But it can't truly be "civil" because I have no standing to sue or ENFORCE immigration laws myself personally only the government can right?

Under the old system, undocumented immigrants who were stopped were given a hearing date and released.

"Catch and Release" works for fish perhaps but not border control.


kevin 2 years, 9 months ago

Why do we have to agree? The laws are already on the books. Enforce them. Start with the next in line to be applying for citizenship. Most of these illegals do not even know our language or have a place to live. They use our welfare system using false documents that the U.S or State officials are way too stupid to validate. Why doesn't our government model our laws after the immigration laws in Europe? Obama likes socialized government so why not try their law on immigration? No other country allows illegals to stay in their country. This "politically correct" and "human rights" is killing America because of the way these terms have been stretched to the limit for political reasons.


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