I agreed with Eugene Robinson in his Nov. 18 column “ Boehner’s stall” when he said, “The only reason President Obama has to act on immigration is that House Speaker John Boehner won’t.”
In 1987, President Reagan eased immigration standards for 200,000 people. In 1990 and 1991 President George H.W. Bush issued two executive orders, stopping deportations against certain students. In 1993, President Clinton granted an 18-month extension to certain immigrants. In 2001 and 2002, President George W. Bush issued two executive orders, granting another 18-month extension and removing a three-year waiting period. It is not the Republican or Democrat thing. It’s the right thing for America.
It would be better for all of us if the 11 million undocumented people were allowed to contribute to the economy openly. We all gain, as Robinson said, “if these immigrants pay their full share of taxes, improve their skills through education and if they start businesses and create jobs.”
Yes, indeed, it is long past time to improve our immigration system and grant relief to our immigrant brothers and sisters.
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Gail S. Phares, Raleigh