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Letter: Fooled again on immigration reform?

The Capitol Dome is silhouetted by the sunrise.

The Capitol Dome is silhouetted by the sunrise. (Sept. 15, 2013) Credit: AP

The editorial "The moment for reform" [Nov. 10] supports immigration "reform" and a legal "path to citizenship." As Yogi Berra said, this is deja vu all over again.

In 1986, Congress approved an immigration reform bill that was supposed to have been a "one time" amnesty for immigrants here illegally. We now know how long one time is. In return, we were promised strict border controls to prevent further illegal immigration, tough fines against hiring these immigrants and enhanced enforcement of immigration rules.

None of that has come to pass. Since that promise of strict enforcement, an estimated 11 million people have entered this country illegally. Why should we believe the promises of enforcement of new immigration reform laws would be kept at all?

Allowing yet another amnesty, no matter what you call it, will only encourage more illegal immigration, further lower the wages of blue-collar Americans, and make our schools and emergency rooms even more overcrowded.

Robert F. LaPorta, Dix Hills