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January 4, 2009 at 8:00 AM

The state of Gregoire

Overlook nothing

In 2006, Gov. Christine Gregoire requested $50 million from taxpayers to pay for incarcerated illegal aliens in Washington state’s federal prison system [“Gregoire favors deportations as way to cut state’s jail costs,” Politics, Dec. 31].

What is Gregoire doing to secure our border with Canada? We know at least two Islamic Terrorists were caught. What about the ones that succeeded in breaching our border? What about the huge drain on our social services including Social Security?

Washington state is approaching 8 percent unemployment. What about the jobs illegal aliens are taking from U.S. citizens in Washington state? All businesses should be required to use the E-Verify system on hiring new employees, to make sure they are U.S. citizens.

— Chuck Miller, Camas

Fix ourselves before we let others in

As an immigrant who used to prepare immigration applications, I wish to commend Gov. Christine Gregoire for advocating the deportation of jailed illegal aliens, to save our scarce fiscal resources.

The U.S. is borrowing from China and other countries to finance our current needs. Presently, more than 10 million Americans, including legal immigrants of diverse backgrounds, are unemployed.

Furthermore, 47 million people in this country are without health insurance, with immigrants and their U.S.-born children under 18 accounting for more than 70 percent of the growth of the uninsured population in the U.S.

Our schools and other infrastructure are also overburdened. Adding 3 million people a year to the U.S., mostly due to immigrants and their U.S.-born children will only exacerbate problems this nation is trying to solve.

Although some immigrants are great assets to the U.S., Gregoire should also advocate some sort of immigration moratorium so that we have a chance to affectively address many problems affecting all legal residents.

— Yeh Ling-Ling, Oakland, Calif.

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