Re "Border area plans for consequences of immigration debate" (Page A7, Sept. 3): I was pleased to read this article, but not particularly surprised, to learn that Americans living close to the Mexican border in Texas are more concerned about the negative impact of border security than about the immigrants.
I lived in Tucson before moving here and know that most of the arguments against reforming immigration are false. But that's mot my main reason for strongly supporting reform. At times my work took me to the border. Twenty five years ago returning home from Douglas, Ariz., I stopped at a Border Patrol checkpoint as usual. The Border Patrol officers were big and intimidating, especially compared to the Mexicans and Central Americans I've seen crossing the border. It dawned on me that if we are serious about keeping people out we will have to become a police state, and I don't want to live in a police state.
-- Mars Burnside, Rancho Cordova