Immigration debate is really about amnesty

Re: "Battle in Md. over licenses for illegals," March 25

I continue to be dumbfounded by those who want to grant ever more privileges to people who have no legal basis for being in this country.After granting illegal immigrants the right to in-state tuition, with the difference borne by the taxpayers, Maryland now wants to grant driver licenses to them as well, arguing that this will ensure safety on the roads.

If some people don't care about U.S. law regarding immigration, what makeslawmakers think they'll care about state law regarding licensing?

We hear a great deal about immigration reform. What is needed is not reform, but enforcement of existing laws.Those here illegally should not be rewarded with privileges typically afforded only those with legal status.Continuing to reward trespassers isa slap in the face to all those who have immigrated to this country legally and to those who continue to wait in line to do so.

This is especially true of current calls for amnesty for all those living here illegally now. And amnesty is exactly what it is, no matter how President Obama attempts to redefine it.

Jason Ramage


Saddam did pose a clear and present danger

Re: "The Iraq War's unhappy anniversary," March 18

On the 10th anniversary of Operation Iraqi Freedom, Gene Healy wrote that "there wasn't much to disarm and the world was never in grave danger." But this assertion begs a question: How does he know?

Should we let Saddam, Uday and Qusay Hussein off so lightly? American leaders of both parties knew that they did pose a grave, clear-cut danger -- a conclusion, then and now, based on a whole myriad of reasons that bear remembering.

"The "Butcher of Baghdad" was caught red-handed with weapons of mass destruction by U.N. inspectors in 1998.All our 43rd American president did was demand a follow up: disarm or disclose. And it's a safe bet that the caravan that steered off to Syria (according to CIA reports) wasn't carrying jellybeans.

So it seems that all Hussein had to do was to slip bio and chemical weapons out the back door into Syria to trick everyone, including a vice president of a highly intelligent American think tank.

Rob Arnold


N. Dakota law would ban late-term abortions

Re: "N.D. has funds for abortion fight," March 17

Roe v. Wade made abortion legal up until the fetus is born, i.e. anytime.

The North Dakota law will make abortion illegal after six weeks gestation, when the young one's heartbeat can be heard.

Patricia Broderick


Free paper closing just as Post moves to paywall

Re: "Local news coverage will be sorely missed," From Readers, March 25

The Washington Examiner is ceasing publication just as the Washington Post moves to a paywall format, creating an opportunity for The Examiner to gain readers and ads.

Is there any chance The Examiner will reconsider its decision to cease print publication in light of WAPO's announcement?

If not, is there any plan in place to help Examiner employees, including the folks who hand out the paper at Metro stations, find new jobs?

Y. Kim