Recent letters to the editor in Lubbock Avalanche-Journal say we should not control the southern border and that we are all immigrants.

However, we have a legal immigration system that has worked for years.

The cost of illegal immigration is very high.

According to the Federation for American Immigration Reform, "At the federal, state, and local levels, taxpayers shell out approximately $134.9 billion to cover the costs incurred by the presence of more than 12.5 million illegal aliens, and about 4.2 million citizen children of illegal aliens. That amounts to a tax burden of approximately $8,075 per illegal alien family member and a total of $115,894,597,664. The total cost of illegal immigration to U.S. taxpayers is both staggering and crippling."

There is also the danger of terrorists coming in illegally.

For those that want open borders, they should show a little sincerity and take in a few families in the back bedrooms instead of trying to force their ideas on the pocketbooks of the taxpayer.

James Lea

Lubbock