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Leon L. Mallberg, Dickinson, N.D., Published June 23 2013

Letter: Track down all illegals and send them home

I’m against S.744 (Gang of Eight immigration bill). It does nothing more than we did in 1986. Washington let us down then by not doing what Congress agreed to in principle – secure the border.

I have read and been informed several times that 40 percent of the illegals here have overstayed their visas. We know where they came from and where they landed, so let’s track them down, as time permits, thank them for visiting and send them home. I don’t care what ties they have. Inform them that if they want back in, they have to go way back to the end of the line and they better have something to offer this country on the way back.

I do not agree to a flood of green cards just because some vegetable farmer or slaughterhouse needs cheap labor. I’ll pay the price or do without. Congress should pass a law with teeth (the kind that draws blood) that says the owner of any business or the top three executives of any corporation who hire any illegal immigrants will be fined $20,000 per illegal on the first incident and $50,000 per illegal and five years in prison hard time (no white-collar punishment) the second time.

Congress should pass a measure with the tools needed to verify the status of everyone who is looking for employment. Let’s get this situation corrected before it ruins the country.

I speak with confidence because all my family history indicates that my ancestors came through Ellis Island. My grandmother on my mother’s side and her brother came together from Norway. They went through all the tests and examinations, but the brother was sent back to Norway because he reacted to a TB test. A year later, he came back and passed all the tests. My question is: What’s wrong with legal immigration?