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Reducing illegal immigration

Dear Editor:The Rocky Mountain News reported on a poll that said, “Most Coloradans see America as the world’s melting pot, but three-quarters believe that illegal immigrants are a burden on the country.” Reducing illegal immigration from a flood to a trickle requires a balanced, three-pronged approach: adequate border enforcement, adequate interior enforcement (including workplace enforcement) and taking away the many incentives that, combined with jobs, act as the magnet that attract illegals. It appears that at least some members of the U.S. Congress are finally getting the message on enforcement. We will see. At the state level, we now have an opportunity to deal with some of the magnet’s pull. Defend Colorado Now is a proposed state ballot initiative that would amend the Colorado Constitution to deny nonmandated services to illegals in Colorado. Former Colorado Gov. Dick Lamm is the chairman of the DCN’s steering committee. He will be discussing the implications of DCN at 1 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 17, at the Friday Business Lunch at Jimmy’s Restaurant. For those of you who ask yourselves what you can do to help end mass illegal immigration, show up on Friday and find out. Terry PaulsonAspen


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