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The U.S. of Mexico?

Aspen Times writer

Dear Editor: The story “Do immigrants help or harm the economy?” (Aspen Times, Aug. 2) was interesting. According to the latest Gallup poll, the majority of Americans think that mass immigration hurts our economy. Joel Fetzer, a Pepperdine University political science professor, argues that we need to allow illegal immigrants into our country to do the jobs Americans don’t want, or else the jobs will be simply sent overseas. Fetzer is incorrect on both assumptions. American workers want jobs such as cooks, landscapers, construction workers, but at a decent, living wage. The assumption that restaurant, child care, and lawn service jobs will be sent overseas is also incorrect. There are some people who think that illegal aliens fuel our economy, but the reality is that U.S. taxpayers subsidize this cheap labor through free schooling, free health care, and welfare to the tune of more than $50 billion dollars per year. Sheriff Braudis is not a realist, but a defeatist. If everyone thought as he does, we would soon be the United States of Mexico. Bob AllanRochester Hills, Mich.

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