One would think former congressman Barney Frank would be ashamed of his complicity in an act of treachery against American workers: the 1986 amnesty for illegal immigrants.

But instead, he actually has the thought to boast of his part in the awful thing (“Commentary: Immigrants pose no threat to U.S.,” Aug. 10).

He glosses over the broken promise to secure the border, the widespread fraud and surge of illegals gaming the law to get legal status.

Twenty-eight years later, the problems Barney Frank and his cohorts supposedly addressed are 10 times worse. Instead of 1.5 million illegal immigrants, we have 15 million.

Unmentioned in his musings are the wage stagnation, decline of the middle class, unprecedented public debt, lawlessness and degraded communities to which his law contributed.

One could plausibly argue that his careless attitude about immigration control is a causal antecedent to the terror attacks of 9/11 and the wasteful wars that followed, not to mention the Boston Marathon bombing and countless criminal acts committed by people who should never have been allowed into the country.

Frank seems like a decent fellow, but his public policies have been ruinous, and, sadly, he appears not to notice.

Christopher Reimer