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EDITORIAL THE NEED FOR REFORM CURRENT EVENTS MAKE THE CASE FOR NEW IMMIGRATION LAWS.

WHILE House and Senate negotiators wrangle over competing immigration bills, the news provides even more reasons -- aside from the obvious ones of economic stability, national security and fixing a plainly busted system -- for comprehensive reform:

Last week, a U.S. Customs and Border Protection officer working along the Mexican border was arrested for waving illegal immigrants into the country. He's been charged with accepting bribes from coyotes.

Federal agents arrested 11 people in Oxnard in conjunction with a smuggling operation that brought in hundreds of illegal immigrants, including infants, from Mexico.

Despite efforts to step up enforcement, the sale of fake driver's licenses, green cards and Social Security cards -- mostly to illegal immigrants -- rampantly continues in L.A. The fraudulent system exacts a steep cost on businesses and local government.

What these three stories have in common is that all are examples of the widespread criminality fed by our existing immigration system. The country's lack of an adequate, orderly way of bringing immigrants into the country creates an exploitative market for coyotes and phony-ID peddlers. And as the case of the arrested border agent suggests, it can also lead to the corruption of law-enforcement officers.

The nation's current unenforced, arguably unenforceable, laws benefit neither immigrants nor citizens, while rewarding lawbreakers.

What America needs is immigration reform that controls the border, opens up opportunities for orderly legal immigration and finds a way to bring some 12 million illegal immigrants out of their current dangerous realm of invisibility.

And though the specifics of such legislation are still being worked out, the need for the law is clearly overwhelming.
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