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Letter: Help others to reduce immigration

By Steve Engard, RIDGEFIELD
Published: March 23, 2023, 6:00am

After reading Cynthia M. Allen’s column in the March 18 issue of The Columbian (“Border issues not ‘pretty simple’ ”), I have an observation. The U.S. has been dealing with illegal border crossings ever since our government decided to regulate people coming to our country. And it is not unique to the U.S. Other countries that appear to have stable economies also attract people seeking a safe place to live. As a result, there have been many different attempts to solve this movement of people into one’s home country. And it also appears that no attempt really works very well.

My question is, what would be the most cost-effective way of solving the issue of people moving into your country? The most inhumane method would be to shoot on sight. But that is not the civilized solution. Building walls, putting people in cages and just returning them all back to their home countries just wastes money, as it does not work.

There does not appear to have ever been a well-planned attempt to go to the countries that are having problems, and solve the problems there.

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