By Rep. MARILINDA GARCIA
For the Monitor
Tuesday, August 26, 2014
Three elements characterize a functional immigration system: clarity, enforcement of the rule of law and fairness. Today in America, sadly, none of these three characteristics epitomize our immigration system.
Even sadder still, perhaps, is the lack of will to tackle our challenges. President Obama, the one person who could lead an effort for reform and enforce our border security, appears much more interested in using the issue for his political advantage than making a difference. Republicans in Congress, meanwhile, are powerless to make needed changes without cooperation.
The result? An immigration system that rewards illegal immigrants at the expense of legal immigrants; thousands of foreign-born young children who cross into the U.S. on the assumption that they will be accepted; and an extremely porous, dangerous border.
Creating a predictable, fair and well-enforced immigration system can help restore the American dream.
New Hampshire is a place that fosters hope in the American dream, a dream that people from all over the world seek. My maternal grandparents were just such people. A little more than a half-century ago, they left Italy – a country that was still struggling to rebuild after the reign of Mussolini – setting course for the United States....
On Tuesday, August 26, the Keene Sentinel printed a Letter to the Editor praising Marilinda Garcia for standing up for local and state control of education and opposing top-down, Washington-centered education programs. The Letter to the Editor states:
"One candidate, Marilinda Garcia, also understands these facts, and has a proven record of opposing top-down, Washington-centered education programs. She knows that the key to improving education is a bottom-up, back to basics approach that puts power back in our hands. She’s the right choice for education, and the right choice for Congress."