Good job, U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service. Mr. Guillen (Empire, Dec. 28) committed a crime the moment he trespassed into the United States. Was he too good to wait his turn to enter lawfully like the honest among his countrymen? I guess he thought he was ... a number of times. I'm only sorry it took the INS so long to catch him again. And what part of "stay out unless you have legal permission to be here" doesn't Mr. Arreola understand?
It's important that the United States be able to effectively control entry. A job we are failing at now. All illegal aliens, and their children not born to at least one citizen parent, should be deported regardless of their time in country or employment status. After a three-year penalty waiting period they may then apply for legal entry. There will be plenty of willing workers to fill their jobs, legally and with permission under a guest worker program.
It's way past time that Congress closed the loopholes in U.S. immigration law. This would have to include making employers of illegal aliens criminally liable for turning a blind eye. Hey, I'll happily pay more for my grapes, lettuce and tacos if it will get this problem under control.
I won't be eating at El Sombrero anytime soon though.