Since 2003, the year the United States invaded Iraq, our government has also directed huge amounts of money toward enforcement along the U.S. border with Mexico, and toward pursuit and removal of undocumented immigrants.

Between 2003 and 2018, the number of Border Patrol agents doubled, and the number of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents has nearly tripled. During that period, spending on border patrol has ballooned from $1.5 billion to nearly $4.5 billion.

In return for these investments, we still see an average of one death a day, fractured families, and dozens of detainees languishing in jails without hope of case resolution.

Over $8 billion has been redirected from other budgets to fund expansion of border barriers. (For more information, see the website of the American Immigration Council.) In short, taxpayer money under three administrations has been used to criminalize desperate people, while Congress has dithered on the question of immigration policy reform.

I urge our representatives — Rep. Greg Walden, and Sen. Jeff Merkley and Sen. Ron Wyden — to roll back funding for inhumane enforcement and detention, and work toward a real immigration solution.

We are a nation of immigrants. The great majority of people who want to come here also desire the same things native-born Americans want – work opportunities that let them support families and help children pursue the dream that many of us have been blessed with by the accident of birth location.

We can do better. It’s long past time.

Tracie Hornung

Parkdale

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Independent Thinker

All we need to do is enforce our existing laws. Something the liberal's don't want to do !!

DANNY COLE

What's the difference really? Joe Biden, Bernie Sanders, Pete or Lizzy Warren, they all dance to the tune of the radical left....this is what we will get.

-Welfare & Food Stamps for illegal aliens. (Warren & Sanders)

-Free Medicare care for all including non citizens Warren / Sanders (taxpayer funded with a 52 trillion price tag)

-Free college for all, including non citizens. (tax payer funded)

-Open Borders.

-Sanctuary Cities.

-Opposed to any voter ID laws.

-Decriminalize illegal entry into our country.

-De-fund & terminate Border Patrol & ICE.

-Massive tax increases.

-Ending of all deportations of illegal aliens (if you get here, you stay.)

-Drivers licenses for illegal aliens.

-Voting rights for non citizens.

-Non citizens allowed to hold public office.

-Socialism.

-Disarming Americans.

-Green new deal.

-End of Electoral College

-Reparations.

-Late term abortions up to 9 months.

*From the Democrat’s themselves. View their speeches / debates on you tube

Independent Thinker

We need to especially enforce our immigration laws. We need to take care of our legal citizens and veterans first

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