Illegal immigration should be curbed
December 20, 2005
Dear Editor:As an immigrant, I commend Colorado House Speaker Andrew Romanoff for asking Coloradans to help “determine the appropriate level of legal immigration each year,” as you reported.The U.S. is declining very rapidly. Through October, China’s trade surplus with the U.S. averaged $200 billion a year. The Chinese government also holds $190 billion of our national debt. America still has over 30 million Americans living in poverty and tens of millions of unemployed and underemployed low-skilled legal residents, including Katrina victims. In addition, America is now the greatest debtor nation on earth, with the highest budget and trade deficits in human history. And we don’t have an unlimited supply of energy for unlimited newcomers. Also, according to test scores, American children are falling behind compared to students in many countries in Asia and Europe. Many schools across the U.S. are overwhelmed by exploding immigration-related enrollments. Why not reduce legal immigration to a level that would not exacerbate energy, education, budgetary and unemployment problems?Responsible leaders should first improve life for natives and legal immigrants already here before bringing in more legal immigrants or spending tens of billions of dollars a year on social services for illegal immigrant families.Yeh Ling-LingOakland, Calif.