Editor:

The mayor made two statements to the Goshen Rotary Club that just popped off the page in the Dec. 9 issue of the Goshen News. First he said, “But while they are here they have to live within in the law,” and in the second statement he said, “ignorance of the law isn’t an excuse.”

The first statement, if they have no documentation they have broken the law just by being here. (19 USC 1459 and/or 19 USC 1433.) This also could fall under 8 USC 1325 — improper entry by alien. If they are working somewhere as an illegal they broke 18 USC 911 or maybe 18 USC 1546 — fraud and misuse of visas, permits and other documents. So if they are here illegally and working that is a possible four laws already broken. How many is too many to break?

Now statement two on ignorance of law, Federal Immigration and National Act Section 8 USC 1324 (a) (1) (A) (iv) (b) (iii) in summary, “Any person (including a group of persons, business, organization or local government) commits a federal felony when he: 1. assists an alien whom he should reasonably know is illegally here in the U.S., or who lacks employment authorization, by transporting, sheltering or assisting him/her to obtain employment, 2. encourages that alien to remain in the U.S., by referring him to an employer, by acting as an employer or agent for an employer in any way, 3. or knowingly assists illegal aliens due to personal convictions.

We all know the issue is illegal aliens, not immigration. If you are an immigrant you are here legally, but the mayor and press and City Council keep using immigration as the issue to make it racial. People are angered because they are tired of the political spin. I will use the term illegal immigration so as not to confuse some people.

Some might ask, what’s wrong with illegal immigration? Illegal aliens numbers are large and growing. Just the numbers for Indiana is estimated at 94,000 with a cost of $259,000,000 in 2005. (Federation for American Immigration Reform, FAIR.)

Illegal immigration undermines legal immigration and harms the American work force. According to a 1996 study by Rice University economist Donald Huddle, illegal aliens were displacing roughly 730,000 American workers every year at a cost of $4.3 billion a year, and the supply of cheap labor depresses the wages and working conditions of the working poor. The approximate doubling of the illegal alien population since the study means that the number of jobs lost is likely doubled.

The 2004 FAIR estimate on education expenditures for illegals is costing Indiana taxpayers $206 million annually. According to the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS — a government group), between 38 and 40 percent of illegal immigrants aren’t even in the work force, which makes them either family members of someone who is supporting them, wards of the state, retirees or criminals.

Another important fact that is never mentioned, we have 13 Americans who are killed by illegal alien drunk drivers every day (see Goshen News — Man sent to prison for driving death conviction) in the U.S. We have 12 Americans killed by violent crime by illegal aliens. We have diseases that had been eradicated coming back — TB, leprosy, chagas, polio, malaria, etc.

States and local governments have an inherent authority to protect the public welfare. This authority includes the regulation and licensing of businesses and motor vehicle drivers, among other things. The courts have agreed that state and local police can enforce any federal law, unless Congress has specifically forbidden enforcement of a particular law. Congress has not done so, so the mayor and City Council better start thinking of the legitimate citizenry first.

When the mayor sits down with a room full of illegals to work out problems that are a violation of federal law I hope the people take the time themselves to investigate these laws and then demand accountability of our city politicians.

Maybe it is time for a new mayor.

Michael Rodden

1007 Lantern Lane

Goshen

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