We all can agree that immigration reform is a very complicated issue.
Assemblyman Jim Silva's recent column, ("Amnesty for illegal immigrants not the answer," Community Commentary, May 19) illustrates the complexity of immigration reform particularly for those who travel here from south of the U.S. border. Silva discusses the incarceration of the undocumented people for crimes of illegal drug trade, gang activity and smuggling (of human beings?). We have seen increased resources of personnel, extensions of walls both physical and cyber, weaponry like drones, and yet the crime has increased over the past 10 years along and across the border in Mexico.
The current approach to secure our border with Mexico moved migrants into more dangerous situations with smugglers and harsh geography. The reward for legitimate commerce and travel in this environment is more costly, threatening and inconvenient. No question, we need to stop the flow of weapons and drugs, but the current tact is not working, and we need to rethink our policy.