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Letter: Path to citizenship won't achieve goal

A section of the U.S.-Mexico border fence stands

A section of the U.S.-Mexico border fence stands in La Joya, Texas. (April 10, 2013) Photo Credit: Getty Images

As British statesman Edmund Burke said, those who ignore history are doomed to repeat it. The Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986, otherwise known as amnesty, granted legal status to 2.7 million.

Amnesty does not solve the problem of immigration. After the granting of amnesty, relatives of newly legalized immigrants came to the United States to join family members. Border enforcement alone cannot stem the tide. We must turn off the magnet that attracts illegal immigration.

Amnesty is a very strong magnet. Those 2.7 million people in the country illegally have now become 11 million. With another amnesty, they may become 40 million by midcentury.

Irving Gerber, East Meadow

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