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Dear Editor:
Even as a non-attorney, I am aware of the advice: If you have the facts, pound them, if not, pound the table. The "table" of compassion and idealism has been pounded hard in recent letters on immigration, now with reference to religious forgiveness regarding illegals. The question could be raised why Law should adhere to Christian principles here when they are being abandoned in so many other areas. But, even a Supreme Being cannot allow mercy to rob justice (or common sense), even with forgiveness, otherwise God would cease to be That. Even allowing for the sincerity of these advocates, compassion and charity work best for private individuals and groups, not as government policy. When done at the latter level the question: "At whose expense?", always has to be raised. Pres. Bush's recent "donation" of aids funds for Africa is not wholly virtuous or at all as the extraction from taxpayers is not voluntary whereas private donations would be. Similarly, excessive immigration policy that purports to be compassionate comes at a great price and effect to existing citizens. True charity does not come at the expense of others. Also, recipients of compassion and forgiveness should display an element of remorse and refrain from repeating the offense. Many come here explicitly to take advantage of US and our benefits in some way and with Mexico, it has become a calculated policy. To reward illegals with amnesties or in other ways who deliberately and arrogantly "crowd to the front of the line" of those patiently waiting to enter legally with fiat forgiveness is unjust, unearned and only encourages more of the same behavior and makes a mockery of the legal process. The sanction of deportation is required to bring order, justice and discipline to immigration policy as well as the need for reduced numbers of legal admissions ( A "time-out" period could be justified ). This would display rare compassion for American citizens and respect for their rights and concerns.  

R. L. Ranger