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No to immigration bill

Debate began Monday in the U.S. Senate on the immigration reform bill drafted by four Democrats and four Republicans.

I join Americans in demanding the Senate affirm that this country is a nation of laws. We urge the defense of the Constitution by denying amnesty, citizenship, federal benefits, a vote in elections, Social Security cards or jobs in the United States for illegal aliens.

Leadership by Washington Sens. Maria Cantwell and Patty Murray is needed on behalf of citizens and taxpayers of this state. Vote no on S.744.

We expect Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers to lead the defeat of amnesty in the House.

Millions of Americans are unemployed in a staggering economy. Adding millions of illegal aliens will devastate our health, education and welfare institutions, plus rip our social fabric. Aliens ignored our borders, laws and paths to legal immigration. The cost is estimated not in millions or billions of dollars, but in trillions.

Those who obey our laws are waiting for their applications to be approved. Grant them access to the American dream.

But no to illegal aliens.

David Wallace



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