The May 5 editorial “Protecting immigration reform” noted that an eligibility cutoff date would likely lead “a couple of hundred thousand . . . [to] remain hidden and off the books, probably for many years.” I had thought the current reform’s emphasis on better and more effective data, stronger border infrastructure, etc., was designed to lead to improved enforcement of our immigration laws. Or do you believe Immigration and Customs Enforcement will always be unable to root out a “few hundred thousand” illegal immigrants and deport them?

Only when skeptics are assured that future illegal immigrants, many expecting further “reforms,” are found and efficiently deported will reform occur.

Paul Meo, Lottsburg, Va.