Linda Tanchak, Asbury Park – Yes, absolutely, yes. All I want from my government is to defend my borders. That’s all I’ve ever asked. That and a strong military.
Pat Arpasi, Tinton Falls – Yes, I definitely think we should. I don’t care who comes here, but we should know who they are and where they are going. When I was young, people who weren’t citizens had to register at the Post Office. Put up a fence. Whatever it takes. But there should be more registration opportunities if they want to come here legally.
Graham Carter, Ocean Grove – Definitely, seal the border with Canada and don’t let any Americans out.
Joseph Caruso, Old Bridge & Emi Modi, Asbury Park – Yes. God wants to protect America. They should pay taxes if they want to come here and work, even if they’re illegal. Our parents, we’re brother and sister, came here from Russia and worked like a dog. These people come here scott free, it’s not right. It’s all politics. They are hard workers, but let them pay taxes.
Joyce Darling, W. Hartford, Conn. & Cynthia Darling, Montclair, NJ – We don’t think we should seal the borders, but we do need to address some issues. We can’t just ignore the suffering of those coming in, but we have to proactively address the backgrounds and the needs of those coming in.
Cathy Gorry, Bradley Beach – No. Borders weren’t sealed when al of our ancestors came here. They should get here legally, but don’t seal the borders.
Bonnie Graham, Ocean Grove – Yes, I do think we should. As much as this country was settled by immigrants, they did so by proper channels. I’m sure there is much we don’t know. Seeing all these young children coming over here without their parents, it’s very distressing. Who is going to take care of these children? It’s a situation that Congress needs to address and the sooner the better.
Donna Hillbreeze, Tuscon, Arizona & Leigh Grahill, Asbury Park – Donna: I’m from Tuscon, Arizona, and I’m all for the patrol because I know that some bad people are coming across, but I don’t like the ugly, steel barriers that they are putting up. That keeps out the migrating wildlife that often goes back and forth. I’m opposed to the big, ugly steel wall. I’m for people to be hired to patrol. Leigh: I say ditto. Just give it a ditto.
Carol Migrala, Little Silver – We won’t be able to support these people. We need to vaccinate them, there’s disease involved. I believe in helping other people, but it has to be done in an orderly fashion, not haphazardly. The president is proposing billions of dollars, with no plan. There has to be a plan, and Congress has to be involved.
Christopher Nagy, Bradley Beach – Yes. And the reason is that the money we spend on housing and feeding illegals, it would be much cheaper to patrol the borders properly. I’m a former New Jersey Environmental Federation employee.
Sarah Pingatore, Cedar Knolls – I’ve been told that a fence has been disruptive to wildlife migratory patterns, so therefor it’s detrimental to the environment. We have to take everything into consideration.
Ed Poehlmann, Ocean Grove – That’s a loaded question. I would say we need to regulate the borders, not close them. We have never been a country with sealed borders, and we shouldn’t start now. What we’re permitting to happen to all these children is inhumane. I don’t know the solution, but we have representatives in Washington who are supposed to figure it out. That’s they’re job, and they’re not doing it.
Joshua Reinhardt, Ocean Grove – Oh, that’s a tough one. I’ve worked with many Latinos before, and they are needed. And the Irish work just as hard and fast. Right now it doesn’t seem as if the playing field is level, as people who come here illegally are given so much at taxpayers expense.