An Open Letter on Illegal
By Byron Whitesides
May 16, 2006
An open letter to Senator Stevens, Senator Murkowski, and Representative
Young, concerning the illegal alien problem.
I want to express my opinion to you about President Bush s plan
on the illegal alien problem last night.
I am very disappointed in his speech, and plan to respond, and
the fact that he still is trying to include amnesty in his plan,
no matter how he tries to disguise it. This is more of the same
drivel that has driven his approval level to record lows, and
now he is splitting the Republican party and turning his back
on the wishes of the American people.
If congress goes along with this plan, it will be another disaster
for the American people, who do not support ANY rewards for illegal
behavior, and can easily project the results of another amnesty
to an estimated 100 million immigrants in the next 20 years,
having our country taken over by illegal aliens!
Many pundits are now predicting a disaster for republicans in
the 2006 elections, as well as a disaster for the United States
if this plan is approved!
The president is extremely out of touch on this matter, I hope
you aren't. I am hoping you will take some advice from Newt Gingrich,
who seems to be very in touch. Gingrich, said it would be a mistake
for Bush to embrace the Senate bill. Gingrich cited a poll released
last week by Zogby and the Center for Immigration Studies that
showed Americans support the House bill by a margin of 65% to
30%, and has cited polling data that he said underscores the
importance of an enforcement-first approach taken by the House:
84% say the U.S. should go after employers who hire illegal immigrants
86% say the U.S. should cut off cities and states that refuse
to enforce the law
90% say English should be a requirement to become a citizen
85% say citizens should have a voter-identity card to make sure
only Americans are voting.
Senator Stevens, I keep getting letters from you, where you assert
that you need to protect Alaskan business that rely on seasonal
immigrants. I am wondering what the difference is from when I
worked in a cannery, just out of high school in 1966 and now?
There were plenty of young AMERICANS, mostly college students
to work, as they could acquire a pretty good bankroll to help
them fund their education. Could the labor shortage of Americans,
be similar to the meat packing industry, where a meat packer
made $19 per hour in 1985, and makes $9 per hour today because
these illegal aliens DEPRESS the wage to a standard that NO AMERICAN
can work for?
Isn't it ironic that Alaska has a fishing fleet of mostly non-resident
fishermen, canneries owned by foreign companies, and now the
a large part of the workers in these canneries are citizens of
a foreign country illegally here? Please tell me, just how does
this benefit Alaska? If the citizens of Alaska cannot realize
more of a benefit from the harvesting of our natural resource,
the salmon, we would be better off to let them swim up the stream,
where we could subsist on them and let the rest spawn! Why should
we be giving the benefits of this resource away to foreigners?
Here are some of the things that most Americans want as the solution
to this problem.
Secure the border, 5000 National Guard isn't going to do. It
has been estimated it will take over 30,000 troops to secure
the border. Then we will have to build a fence in some portions,
as well as other methods to make the border secure over the long
run! NO CATCH AND RELEASE, put them in tents like Sheriff Joe
until they can be deported!
Enforce the laws we have on the books NOW! No amnesty for these
illegal aliens, and NO AMNESTY for the businesses who have created
this problem by profiteering and passing the costs of this invasion
of illegal workers along to the American taxpayer to an estimated
$70 BILLION per year! This is an outrageous cost and is increasing!
Identify and go after the employers of these illegal workers,
with severe fines, and jail sentences, for breaking the law.
After all, these employers of illegal workers owe the taxpayer
$70 billion per year!
We also need an electronic, quick means to check the legality
of workers, so there can be no excuse of accepting forged documents
and false social security numbers. Social Security Administration
and the IRS already know where many of these illegal workers
are at, and they should have to provide that information to the
No welfare, or public assistance of any kind, except emergency
medical aid, to any illegal alien.
A voter identity card, where all voters have to prove their citizenship,
preventing the election fraud that has been ongoing in the last
The present situation, or an automatic road to amnesty and citizenship
are not the only solutions for this problem. By preventing these
lawbreakers from finding employment in this country, or getting
on public assistance, they will go home, and we will find the
problem is a lot more manageable within a year or more, and we
will then have time to study and debate what the citizens of
THIS country wish to do about our so called labor shortage.
I will be watching closely what Congress does to resolve this
problem. I am counting on each of you to abide by the wishes
of the American citizens, and not reward illegal behavior. I
will predict to you, that if you do not do the right thing, you
will see the Republicans lose big in the upcoming elections of
2006, and even bigger in 2008. This issue isn't going to go away
or be swept under the rug, or forgotten.
Ketchikan, AK - USA
A lifelong Alaska resident
About: Byron Whitesides writes, "I am a lifelong Alaskan,
born and raised in Ketchikan. I retired from the KPU Electric
Division in September 2003 and have started another career in
our family business."
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