The Obama administration reinforced the need to enroll undocumented immigrants in public school. What do readers think? Comments from Twitter are edited for clarity and grammar:
I absolutely support this. What's worse than an illegal immigrant? An uneducated illegal immigrant.
I think the focus of the U.S. government should be on American students.
The undocumented who work and pay taxes should be given a path to citizenship. And those who are convicted should be deported.
What part of "illegal" is not clear? Public benefits are for people in this country legally.
I am against giving anything to a lawbreaker. I am upset that the administration does what it wants, and we let them.
The word "illegal" should be an important issue. Why does the president keep giving away our taxpayer dollars? Everyone should be insulted.
Everyone should be educated!
Sealing borders won't solve illegal immigration
In the illegal immigration debate, proposals range from increasing security at the border to comprehensive reform. Comments from Facebook are edited for clarity and grammar:
If the immigration reform bill passes, it will only encourage more people lured by the prospect of gaining a path to citizenship to cross the border illegally. The U.S. needs to start enforcing current laws and going after employers.
— Albert Ramirez
I don't want anyone to die for breaking our laws. However, how many millions of Latinos breaking our laws are we going to allow into the country?
Everyone knows there are rules at the border.
— Mark Jones
The real problem that opponents of reform refuse to address is that many undocumented immigrants don't cross the border illegally. They come here on visas, or cross the border under a pretense and never return home. If they don't commit a crime (which many don't), they never get caught.
The only people who cross illegally are the ones who won't wait for a visa or don't have the money to pay for one.
— Khalid Nurredin
The best way to stop illegal immigration is already in place: They call it "E-Verify."
One big step would be to make its use mandatory for all employers and contractors, with stiff penalties for those who don't use it.
— John Berry
We do not need to revamp the immigration laws. Those laws are voluminous and adequate. What we need is wholehearted enforcement. Keep what fence we have but then bolster it. Using drones and adequate manpower would curtail and end this trespassing.
Enforce the laws we have, take actions that will stymie those bent on coming to the United States illegally, and then we can talk about workers' visas and the like.
— Greg Bailey