Rewarding Illegal Immigration

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Editor:

There is a great deal of debate as to whether or not person should be punished for entering this country illegally. Many peopler compassionate towards individuals willing to seek a better future at any cost while at the same time wanting our laws and job s protected. Regardless of where someone stands on this issue, I do not know anyone who would advocate preferential treatment for someone who illegally entered this country then went on to commit felonies here. Yet that is exactly what is going on.

The laws of this state are known as Arizona Revised Statutes or ARS. I think most pope would be amazed if they went online and read ARS 41-1604.14. This law states that illegal aliens sent to Arizona prisons for committing felonies can be turned over to INS for deportation after serving only half of their sentence. U.S. citizens must serve at least 85 percent of their sentence in Arizona before being eligible for release. Presumably the logic behind this is that we can save the cost of incarcerating these individuals by deporting them. This might even make sense were it not for the fact that these people can simply walk right back across our porous borders.

So if you are a U.S. citizen who one day decides to commit a crime with an illegal alien accomplice and you are both sentenced to 10 years in prison that person will be getting released after five years while you are left to serve eight-and-a-half years. If your accomplice gets released early enough, they might be able to make it back and wave at you from the other side of the prison fence that evening.

I am sure that proponents of this law do not consider it a reward, but if you were sitting in that prison serving an extra three-and-a-half years for same crime, I think you would have a different opinion. So while you may want to punish a person for entering this country illegally, I cannot imagine why you would want to reward them exclusively on that basis.

Gary Austin

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