Sheriff Adam Christianson wrote a nice editorial ("Trust is a required part of any immigration solution," April 4) that reflects my own opinion. Latinos will work very hard to get ahead if given the opportunity. However, there is one difference. I think many of them feel it is America's responsibility to find/give/make that opportunity for them. Many have jobs and pay taxes but not legally and perhaps not fully. They just want peace of mind to know they can stay.
There is one major difference. Immigrants from other countries must have sponsors who accept financial responsibility, proper visas identifying who they are, where they will be living, and are given a Social Security number to pay taxes under. The unique ability to walk to America makes Mexicans a whole different challenge to our government. This is not an issue of sympathy. We need a solution for 11 million now, and a solution (that escapes the political community) for the indefinite future.
We have a major law enforcement problem on the border. Remember George Patton's comment regarding the Maginot Line, that any fixed fortification built by man can be overcome by man. I would like to discuss my way-outside-the-box solution with Christianson.