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The Jan. 5 letter titled “Border solutions” correctly points out the impracticality of mass deportation of illegal aliens. There is no way 12 million people can be rounded up and shipped out in a short period of time.

That bellicose position is mostly campaign hyperbole. If existing laws are enforced, the border is secured and a workable E-verify system all come about in a reasonable time the illegal population will be significantly diminished, both by illegal crossings and the visa overstays.

But such hard-line positions by candidates have proven to be a big plus in the polls. Both the Donald Trump and Ted Cruz campaigns are proving that. And 2012 election numbers support their case:

The Hispanic vote amounted to less than 10 percent of the total votes cast that year, and 3 percent of those voters were opposed to illegal immigration/amnesty. (Romney got 27 percent of the Hispanic vote.) A full-blown pandering to the “pro-illegal” Hispanic vote will yield only a small result.

On the other hand, surveys show that more than 60 percent of the remaining 90 percent of 2012 voters are opposed to illegal immigration/amnesty. So it just doesn’t seem a good strategy to risk losing a share of that bigger prize to pursue a smaller share of Hispanic voters.

Roger O’Sullivan

Ben Sawyer Boulevard

Mount Pleasant

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