To the Editor,

Our immigration system is broken. In 2017 and 2018, about 235,000 illegal immigrants were arrested throughout America—including 100,000 for assault, 30,000 for sex crimes, and 4,000 for homicides. They have victimized your friends and neighbors. Drugs like heroin flow through our border, fueling the opioid epidemic that is destroying American families and communities. Human smugglers exploit our immigration system for profit. Violence is a common occurrence, with one in three migrant women sexually assaulted on the perilous trek to the border

Our country was built on immigration, legal immigration. Many around the world are suffering unspeakable evils and need to flee to safety. They cannot come here because of the flood of people arriving illegally put them at the back of a long line.

Americans favor legal immigration, but we also want a system that works. Instead, our outdated immigration system and lax enforcement leads to lawlessness. Insufficient border security is without a doubt creating a crisis at the border. We need increased and enhanced border security, including a physical barrier. This would allow the men and women who protect our border to use technology to adequately secure our country. With our border secure, we can then move to the task of really reforming our immigration system and creating a system that works in America’s interests.

After three weeks of shutdown, it is time to stop playing games and for all Members of Congress to recognize with clear eyes that we have a humanitarian and national security crisis at our southern border. Stop the charade, pass funding for the wall, and secure our border.

Sincerely yours,

Sylvia Coulson, Friend of many immigrants, Waxahachie