In the past few months I have noticed many articles in the Register seemingly offering and promoting sympathy to those that are here in the U.S. illegally. These publications are thus supporting illegal behavior, and offer a very one-sided view which is the antithesis of good reporting and editorial selection or mentoring. Is this the view of those at the Register?

The Register front page article on March 5 ("Napa's undocumented residents feel threat of being deported") does not offer any information as to whether "The Woman" has or is paying federal or state taxes, whether her employer knows that they are illegally employing her and thus subject to penalties, whether she has or is taking advantage of programs such as Food Stamps meant for those here legally, or whether she has had unpaid medical bills or has health insurance, or whether she is freeloading the benefits that those here legally are paying for, such as schooling.

If she has a false Social Security number then that is another offense, which then leads to a false driver’s license and other false documents.

I do have considerable sympathy for the illegal children carried here as they have no control over their dire situation, a situation that their parents are to blame for. A constructive article outlining suggestions for a path to legal residence would be welcome, such as the payment of all estimated back taxes and a fine, or community service, learning to read and write English (which is a requirement to pass the naturalization test), and a probation period.

As a result of not being able to obtain legal employment, there is a huge cash economy present, which avoids all taxation except for sales taxes. The cost to us all is staggering as billions of dollars in tax revenue are lost. Further, billions of dollars are lost to our own economy to cash outflow sent to other countries, money not spent within our own economy.

Sympathy should not be the message to send to those seeking to enter illegally.

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Please offer other viewpoints and constructive reporting when selecting other similar articles for publication.

Steve Harris

Napa

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