ViewPoint: Illegal immigration is a crime

June 27, 2007

For two years, members of Congress have haggled over major immigration reform, but they have failed to pass a meaningful and comprehensive bill.  Once again, Congress gives the appearance of doing something-- while doing nothing.

The issue is close to dying in Washington, and all sides agree it won't come up again for a couple of years.

Can you believe there is resistance to this necessary legislation? We are proud the United States was founded by immigrants from around the world.

But those immigrants came in legally. Not sneaking in, in the middle of the night and then expecting all the benefits of citizenship and then amnesty after breaking our laws...  

We feel It should be a crime to do business with illegal immigrants in any way: to hire them, rent to them, or sell to them.

What's wrong with enforcing existing laws against aiding and abetting a criminal on the run from the law?

Georgia lawmakers can't do anything to tighten our country's borders, but they can and have cracked down on illegal immigrants in our state.   One new law goes into effect next week.  It phases in new regulations on contractors and sub-contractors.  Eventually all of them, no matter how many workers they employ, will have to go the extra mile to make sure everyone they hire is a legal resident of the United States.

Maybe it's a small step, but it's a step in the right direction at a time when leaders in the nation's capitol seem to have no direction at all on this important issue.