This letter is in reference to “States focusing laws on illegals” (1/26, A-1).
It will be a sad day for Missouri and Kansas if our elected officials pass immigration legislation similar to Oklahoma’s.
Proposed laws would extend local police jurisdiction to the enforcement of federal immigration law. As a social worker in the urban core, I submit that our police force is already over-burdened with municipal law enforcement, and is ill-equipped to handle the complex jurisdiction of Immigration Customs Enforcement.
Proposals would increase penalties for employers hiring undocumented workers and landlords renting to undocumented families. They would also criminalize assisting or transporting undocumented people. Have we lost our minds?
To create a system that would produce unemployed and homeless individuals and families, rather than examine other, more compassionate solutions is an insane suggestion for public policy. It is immoral.
Our reliance on this population of undocumented immigrants is a national economic reality. Every person is a human being, who, regardless of legal status, has a basic right to health care, food, housing and decent employment.
We can’t honestly believe that these people will simply go away if we throw the legislative temper-tantrums demonstrated by our representatives’ latest immigration-reform suggestions.