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2/6/2013 9:21:00 AM
Letter: SANE immigration proposal not an amnesty program


Based on my reading about and study of the SANE Solutions to Federal Immigration, a proposal developed by a group called the Real Arizona Coalition, it would seem some have misinterpreted the SANE program to be one of amnesty for illegal immigrants.

It is anything but that.

The SANE acronym in fact represents four distinct and feasible goals. None of them de facto advocate amnesty, which I do not believe warrants consideration.

• S - Secure our borders. In short, gain control of the borders.

• A - Account for all the 11 to 15 million people who are in the U.S. unlawfully. Identify them and know where they are. People from Mexico are not the only persons who are in the U.S. illegally.

• N - Necessary reforms to strengthen and streamline the currently complex and confused Federal bureaucratic process for handling legal and illegal immigration.

• E - Engage all levels of government in determining solutions. Local, regional, state and Federal officials and leaders, businesses, corporations and citizens must commit to overcoming what currently seems to be an impasse.

I firmly believe that the SANE proposal (which I might add Yavapai County Attorney Sheila Polk has strongly endorsed) warrants intelligent and thoughtful consideration for what it is a well-reasoned proposal to gain control of the immigration crisis that Arizona and the nation are facing.

The SANE proposal is not a path to amnesty and immediate citizenship for those who are in this nation unlawfully. Rather, it is intended to force Congress and the government to meet head-on the unsecured borders and illegal immigration problem.

The SANE option is eminently more desirable than having a Federally mandated program forced upon U.S. citizens.

Ray Newton


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