Letter: Minimum requirements for immigrants

June 24, 2014 

"Immigration reform" has become a political football, and its meaning varies according to the interests and political needs of its various proponents. Far too often, "immigration reform" is presented as something we owe to those who come to this country illegally or legally.

The No. 1 beneficiary of any immigration reform must be our nation and U.S. society as a whole. At a minimum, "immigration" reform must include:

w Official establishment of English as the sole national language of the United States.

w Abolition of automatic citizenship by birth within U.S. territory.

w Establishment of serious mandatory English-language requirements for citizenship.

w Establishment of a national citizen identification system and the requirement thereby to prove one's citizenship to vote.

w A citizenship pathway only for those illegal aliens who came involuntarily as minors and have been in the U.S. for more than five years.

The alternative is an increasingly fragmented society that will work to the detriment of our children and grandchildren no matter what the ethnic origin of their ancestors. Every one of the more than 7 billion people in the world is a product of where he or she was born; the United States cannot change that reality and must not try.

WILLIAM R. CLARKE, Richland

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