Real immigration reform focuses on employers

03/13/2014 2:03 PM

03/13/2014 2:45 PM

Re "U.S. border with Mexico shouldn't be a killing zone" (Editorials, March 12): Your editorial outlines the big problems with our current immigration policy. A militarized border obviously is not working. A much simpler and cheaper alternative is available. Canada's current law penalizes employers who hire non-citizens. We could spend a fraction of the money we now spend on the Border Patrol to help employers with due diligence in confirming status of prospective employees.

A provision like this was included in the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986, signed by Ronald Reagan, but was watered down and what was left not enforced. The act also granted amnesty to 2.7 million immigrants.

The laws of supply and demand are in effect here. When more people are seeking work then there are available jobs, wages are depressed. Less workers would cause wages to increase, just what we need to truly stimulate our economy.

-- Paul Ellcessor, Durham

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