Breaking and entering into our country is illegal. The crime hurts everyone including this 72-year-old retired Milwaukee Public Schools educator and other Democrats. Look what the parents are doing to their own children as they use them as pawns while breaking into our country.

I am in favor of immigration as long as it is legal. We need talented, hardworking, taxpaying individuals in this country. I cannot understand why anyone (Democrat or Republican) could encourage, orchestrate and reward illegal behavior and at the same time claim to be looking out for the best interests of American citizens -- especially the working poor. Illegal immigration is simply wrong, and it hurts everyone.

The fiscal burden alone of illegal immigration to U.S. taxpayers is staggering and crippling with estimates of over $135 billion per year. This should be disturbing to all Americans because it is self-destructive and unsustainable. The data show the cost of illegal immigration is not only dangerous but is crippling our nation.

There is no net “gain” when illegal behavior is rewarded. Imagine what we might actually do with those hard-earned tax dollars (education, health care and infrastructure) for our own.

Stop the madness.

Paul Hanson, Big Bend

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