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He supports broadening ‘farmers’ logic’ for immigrants

To the editor,
Keith O. Tongen’s article, “Applying farmers’ logic to end immigration,” is relevant concerning the wall. However, there is another factor that needs to be addressed. That is tracking immigrants and those who have lapsed visas in getting them documented and enabling them to a path towards citizenship.
The reason we have such difficulty is that we have a cumbersome and unfair tax structure that begins with payroll tax on low-income people, especially when one includes workmen’s comp. and the cost for health care insurance.
Thus, many hire undocumented workers so they don’t have to pay these expenditures.
That is why we have to broaden the taxing base that includes taxing capital gains for Medicare. This will keep the tax rate low and yet have enough revenue to adequately support basic health care for low-income people so they can get jobs and have the incentive to work and thus gain the necessary work experience.
With this, the immigrants and many others, who are somewhat in need of some good work experience, would more readily gain employment and employers would be more willing to pay the payroll taxes and the workmen’s comp.
LeRoy Schlangen,
Richmond, Minn.