To the Editor,

The big news in D.C. is that Democrats are vying for a better foothold for the 2016 national elections and pushing for new immigration reform would get them mega votes that they need to win.

Do we really need immigration reform? Or, do we need to enforce the immigration laws we have.

This is an emotional issue for people even more than a social and political one. We Americans should really consider how during the past several decades immigration has affected our nation and we really need to think what new immigration reform will do in our future.

No doubt Obama is trying to leave a legacy.† He tried to do so with the Affordable Care Act, a.k.a. Obamacare, but the new health care law has been creating havoc throughout the nation, even before the new law takes effect on Jan. 1, 2014.

As for new immigration reform:

During the past 50 years we have been lax to enforce our immigration laws. The reasons for this are varied, including political, economic and humanitarian issues.

The U.S. doesnít need immigration reform. We need better enforcement of our current immigration laws, the ones our parents, grandparents, great-grandparents and great-great grandparents had to abide by. Why should illegals get a free ride being here illegally? Our ancestors didnít get any free passes. They came here legally, followed the laws, learned to speak English and assimilated into American culture. They didnít try to get Americans to assimilate to theirs.

At least thatís what I believe. How do you feel about the immigration issue?

Peter Stern,

Driftwood, Texas