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Mike Koffenberger

From deporting all illegal immigrants to making all of them citizens, the four candidates for the 4th Congressional District have widely varying views of immigration.

The Democrat suggested fines, while the Republican wants to increase border patrol. And while the two third-party candidates have shared philosophical views on some topics, they have differing positions on how to tackle illegal workers in the United States.

Increase patrol: State Rep. Scott Perry, R-Dillsburg, said he would change the Constitution to remove language granting people citizenship if they're born in the U.S. because women who are nearly nine months pregnant come from Eastern Europe to have their babies.

And he said people who enter the United States illegally need to be sent home so they can apply and follow the proper procedure; to do otherwise is unfair to those who've immigrated legally.

Perry said border patrol needs to be increased, but he would need to see studies to know the best way to do it.

"I hate to see us put a fence up, but if that's what we need to do...."

He said he would also support changes to the workers visa program to make it more practical for those who enter the country to perform jobs.

Fine them: Democratic opponent Harry Perkinson, who has heard Perry's Eastern European anecdote, said he doubts there are many Eastern European pregnant women trying to give birth in the U.S.


, or that airlines would let them fly when "that pregnant."

"You don't just go monkeying around with the Constitution," he said.

He said more common are people who live in garbage dumps in Mexico and would rather "pick apples and mow your lawn." They wouldn't come if nobody employed them., he said.

Illegal immigrants who have lived in the U.S. for a long time and don't have a criminal record should be given an avenue for legalization and citizenship, he said. It would probably cost $15,000 each to house them at York County Prison before deporting, he said.

They could be fined, with the money being used to pay for the bureaucracy necessary to make them legal, he said.

Illegal immigrants who have committed crimes should be sent back to their native countries, he said.

Send them 'home': Independent Wayne Wolff said he doesn't care how many illegal immigrants there are, they should all be "sent home."

Countering those who've said it costs too much to deport, he said the country has to "look at what it costs us not to deport them," he said.

And recognizing a rare break from his platform to reduce the size of government, Wolff said he would hire more people for border patrol and immigration enforcement.

The North Hopewell Township man would also take steps to promote the United States as an English-speaking-only country.

"People should assimilate," he said. "You can't make a person speak English, but they should be encouraged to do so."

Let them stay: But Libertarian Mike Koffenberger of Hopewell Township said there's too much bureaucracy to become a citizen, and that's why there are many illegal immigrants.

Instead of deporting, he would allow all to stay and become guest workers and make it easier for them to naturalize by reducing the amount of bureaucracy to become citizens, he said.

"We're not able to box up all illegals and send them home," he said.

He said he didn't have concerns about there being "too many" people flocking to the United States, suggesting a policy change that's closer to the practices of the U.S. as a fledgling nation.

"What was good for our ancestors should be good for us today," he said.

Koffenberger also said he's not a proponent of any bill to establish an English-speaking-only society.

"Germany is my family history, and they didn't speak English," he said.