Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore. appearing in a town hall meeting at the Coos Bay City Hall council chambers said that he was supportive of getting tougher on illegal immigration into the U.S. and reminded the audience that at one time he voted for the U.S. military to have a significant presence patrolling the nation's borders. However, he also told audience members he also would back illegal immigrants to earn citizenship as long as they had no criminal record, a solid work record and were willing to pay any back taxes.
The strategy would allow the U.S. to solve the double standard it has been supporting for years. Wyden said while few citizens would argue loosening immigration laws would benefit the nation, those same people turn a blind eye to illegal immigrants who populate Oregon's service and agricultural industries.
The message is, come here and pay taxes and welcome to the U.S.