You have to appreciate the lengths Robert Kagan went to in his attempt to convince readers that the immigration reform bill before the Senate is just the medicine the United States needs for increased jobs and security [“How open our borders?” Sunday Opinion, June 16]. He began by dedicating a third of his column to bashing those who question the benefits of implementing a much more “open borders” approach for immigration, downplaying the amnesty provisions for the millions of unskilled, uneducated illegal immigrants already in the country. Mr. Kagan then shifted gears, causing severe reader whiplash, by focusing the remainder of his piece on the need for more highly educated immigrants — one of the few non-controversial parts of the comprehensive bill.

The “Gang of Eight” immigration legislation allows for some tens of thousands of new visas for highly skilled immigrants. Unfortunately, the path to citizenship provisions for the millions already here and their millions of immediate family members to come completely overwhelm the perceived benefits of job-creating, educated immigrants. No, thank you, Mr. Kagan.

Brad Botwin, Rockville

The writer is director of Help Save Maryland.

Regarding the June 19 news article “Boehner draws hard line on immigration”:

The “we’ll-see-when-we-get-there” attitude of House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) and much of the GOP on immigration reform allows the Democratic Party to take the lead on the issue, which may bring about an unhappy conclusion: the end of the GOP. As if championing a candidate whose idea of effective immigration policy is self-deportation wasn’t bad enough. It seems that the Republican Party as a whole has yet to learn its lesson from the last presidential election.

Phillip Kuck, Washington