Letters to the editor

Thoughts on immigration Before delineating my immigration proposals, I would like to make three preliminary observations. One: When my paternal grandparents immigrated to the U.S., my grandmother's brother, who owned a factory, had to sponsor them. Two: If I needed to slip into a country to survive, I would likely do so.
Three: Because of the increasingly scarce U.S. job market, I suspect that most knowledgeable illegal U.S. immigrants want the border secured to protect their own jobs. (Life has no reverse gear!) Now for my proposals: We need a constitutional amendment specifying that as of Jan. 1, 2014, any unregistered person caught in the U.S. be permanently barred from citizenship. Such person should be fingerprinted and DNA recorded. (Provide speedy registration for all unregistered people in the U.S.) A path to citizenship should be initiated for any noncitizen in the U.S. who wishes to become a citizen. This path would need to determine whether such person would be an asset or a liability to the U.S. Jim Rahenkamp Avon Park Liberty vs tyranny Thomas Jefferson said: "When the government fears the people, you have liberty. When the people fear the government, you have tyranny." Jerry Nargelovic Sebring