Letters to the Editor

Create some heat on immigration

In “Attempted rape proceedings fogged by translation problem,” the News-Times on May 9 reported that a Mexican man bought a woman in their hometown near Oaxaca and they ended up in Coupeville. The man speaks Trique and that poses problems for the courts as they attempt to bring charges for rape of the 18-year-old woman.

The news report also says that Immigration and Customs Enforcement has a hold on De Jesus. That means that the accused, De Jesus, is an illegal alien and the woman probably is also.

How much is this costing taxpayers? Among the costs are: The prosecutor, the defense attorney, the judge, the jurors, the interpreters and jailing the defendant. Local jurisdictions used to be able to bill the federal government for some of these costs but President Obama cut that out of the budget last week.

Most illegal aliens enter the country to work. Without the lure of jobs, they would go home or not come in the first place.

There is a voluntary electronic verification system running smoothly. E-Verify allows employers to check applicants’ right to work. Majority leaders Pelosi and Reid refuse to mandate that employers use the system. Last February, Sen. Reid even refused to let it get to the Senate floor for a vote on extending the system.

What can readers do? Log on to www.NumbersUSA.com and read about E-Verify and then send free faxes to our Congressional delegation.

Elected officials only see the light when they feel the heat from voters.

Linda Thom

Coupeville

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