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Mark Figley's column in The Lima News on Nov. 11 missed the point of immigration reform entirely. His opinion is based upon the simple, yet erroneous, dangerous and borderline racist assumption that because the 9/11 terrorists were immigrants, all immigrants are terrorists. As an immigration attorney, I'd like to see him tell that to the thousands of immigrant veterans, doctors, nurses, teachers, and entrepreneurs in our country.

His method to fix this perceived problem is to continue our current dysfunctional immigration system and throw more money at “solutions” that are anything but.

We need immigration reform that takes into account that people move to build a better life for themselves and their families. We need immigration laws that increase our national security like the Senate's bill, by helping to identify immigrants in the U.S. and giving people a real chance at legal status.

We don't need to spend another $90 billion on Southern border security measures, as we did in the first decade since 9/11, that haven't been proven to work.

Our failure to recognize this simple premise means that we lack the legal means to provide for immigrants vital to our economy. We have effectively outsourced the decision of who to admit to the smugglers on the southern border. The Senate's immigration reform legislation assigns that decision to the Department of Homeland Security instead. Doesn't that make a lot more sense?

— Robert Cohen, Columbus

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