To the Editor:
I would like to thank U.S. Rep. Adam Kinzinger for his firsthand evaluation of the situation at our southern border. I initially was skeptical of building a wall because of the cost. I felt that since a majority of illegal immigrants were visa overstays, making the E-Verify system mandatory for all employers and public benefits agencies would eliminate the incentive to enter and remain in the country illegally, and at little cost to the taxpayer. I still feel this should be done immediately.
However, the situation at the border has changed. Nongovernmental organizations such as Catholic Charities, Lutheran Social Services and Soros-funded organizations have been encouraging Central Americans to bring their children and swarm the border, claiming asylum. If they were true asylum-seekers fleeing violence, they would stop once they crossed the Mexican border. The fact that they ignored the Mexican government's offer of assistance and permits to stay in the country shows that they are economic migrants, not refugees.
A physical barrier would discourage this gaming of our asylum laws and encourage them to apply at any of the American consulates in both Mexico and Central America.