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Violated 11 million times since 1986

Published: June 19, 2013
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In “Use Golden Rule with heated issue” (Point of View, June 8), the Rev. Justin Lindstrom states the premise that “it is clear that our current laws are outdated, unjust and need change.” I reject this premise as unknowable since it's certainly clear that our current immigration laws haven't been enforced or at best have been selectively enforced. With only window dressings, the current immigration bill being considered (1,000-plus pages) is fundamentally the same unworkable bargain as the 1986 “one time” amnesty bill that led us to the situation we have today.

No consideration of legislation on this or any other issue should occur unless Congress first seeks to ensure that all existing laws on the issue are being enforced. As to the Golden Rule in its application to immigration, it's time for Americans to expect more from the “as you would have done to you” side of that rule, which apparently has been violated around 11 million times since 1986!

Lou Vovk, Edmond