Open Letter to President Obama Regarding Amnesty

April 29, 2009

President Barack Obama
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue
Washington, D.C.

Dear President Obama:

As you are well aware, America is in the throes of an economic crisis of such grave consequence that former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan described it as a "once in a hundred years" occurrence, which would make it potentially more devastating than the Great Depression.

In reacting to this once in a century crisis, your administration and that of your predecessor have committed trillions of dollars of taxpayer money to purchase bad debt from failing U.S. banks and other financial institutions, and to stimulate the sputtering economy.

We Americans face other overwhelming economic challenges: Social Security and Medicare are reportedly headed toward insolvency. You would like to implement universal health care, and our nation absolutely must achieve energy independence for both national security and economic security reasons.

Furthermore, this nation and the entire world is facing an enormous challenge in combating a new, deadly strain of swine flu. This devastating medical crisis originated in Mexico, and may soon be officially designated as a pandemic by the World Health Organization.

Given the swine flu crisis and the already precarious state of the nation's economy, is it not clear that America can no longer afford to feed, house, educate, and provide medical care for tens of millions of foreign, non-English speaking aliens who have violated U.S. borders and laws and who have no legal basis for being here?

With all due respect, Mr. President, your advocacy on behalf of illegal aliens ignores the medical, economic, social, educational, and cultural burdens that would be unfairly dumped on the backs of American citizens, most of whom are also taxpayers.

Illegal aliens currently here already cost taxpayers hundreds of billions of dollars each year. Amnesty would dump additional billions onto the backs of overtaxed citizens.

Moreover, a significant majority of illegal aliens in America are from swine-flu ravaged Mexico and, as such, must be regarded as potential carriers of the new swine flu killer.

Mr. President, "comprehensive reform" anything like the McCain-Kennedy proposals from the summer of 2007 would simply encourage additional millions of people now living in Mexico to come here illegally.

That would bring even more disease to the U.S. and would further jeopardize homeland security, thereby adding more distress to American citizens.

Mr. President, in light of the severe medical crisis and economic meltdown facing the American people, why not embrace a plan that immediately secures our borders, deports those here illegally, and requires an orderly and lawful process for all people wishing to migrate to America?

Why not a plan that respects American citizens and honors immigrants who stand in line, wait their turn, and follow the rules?

Why not a plan that is America First, even mildly jingoistic?

Why not abandon that commitment to amnesty and replace it with a vow to restore the rule of law to our suffering nation?

Why not a plan to bail out American citizens from the devastation that illegal aliens have brought, and threaten to bring, to our homeland?

Thank you for your consideration, Mr. President.


John W. Lillpop
San Jose California