I wonder why U.S. Rep. Mark Sanford came recently to talk to Hilton Head Island-area parents, and children who don't want their parents deported. He appeared to give hope in the "town hall" meeting, but no.
I wrote his fiance, Maria Belen Chapur, in Spanish, saying that since she was temporarily separated from love in another country, she might empathize.
An aide called for my opinion on immigration reform saying he'd give it to Sanford. I said I've worked 56 years with immigrants, and the U.S. will make trillions of dollars in payroll deductions when workers have good Social Security numbers, and billions in other fees.
However, Sanford said in his speech, and wrote to me, that the government doesn't have enough money for reform. But reform will give us money, and families will remain united.
Also, Sanford's plan is to have work visas. It's a poor plan. Workers do a job, learn skills and on-the-job English. Then they are sent home. New workers come who know neither. Work is done less efficiently. Also, they can't become citizens and can't bring families. When immigrants can stay as citizens, they vote for their leaders and join the community. Their children born here are U.S. citizens as with past immigrants.
With work permits they may be treated as slaves. The U.S. is better than that. We need real reform, as in 1986.
Fran B. Reed
Hilton Head Island