In response to the six letters to the editor which preceded mine
yesterday, I submit the following, In response to Manuel Magdaniel's letter, a thoughtful comment. Yes, laws are not always moral, nor their application. However,
deportation laws are not in that category and they should be more
vigorously enforced. Why should the "plight of the illegal immigrant"
take precedent over the "plight of the overburdened US citizen"?
Also, I don't believe the persons who originally came to America were
"illegals" as the few Indians were mostly nomadic, the country largely
wide open and there were no laws controlling entry then. Comparing then
and now are worlds apart. It would be like holding them to today's
In response to David Murray's letter, another very thoughtful comment and the "The Golden Door" is very moving if overly dramatic and certainly can't be the basis for realistic immigration policy.
In response to Richard Baer's letter, 9-11 did not establish that all immigrants
are terrorists, but what it did establish to all except the most myopic,
is that lax immigration and border policies allows some terrorists. The
"overly mixing of cultures" comment was made by another person to which
I was responding, but Mr. Baer's letter severely exaggerates in comparing limited
immigration advocates to the Holocaust and the purchase of Mexico's
tenuous land claims as "stealing". A person feeling the great need to
overly interact with other cultures and to resolve guilt has the option
to visit that country without the necessity of that country relocating
here. If they all do that, then we have no country.
In response to Justin's letter, perhaps he could explain why the Mexicans or any
other culture can justify an unlimited "right to migrate" here which precludes any citizen's rights. In response to Ali Alexander's letter, a very appropriate observation.
In response to M.S.'s letter, the "guilt trip" agenda has succeeded with MS and even if one accepts some of that, today's policies can't be made on yesterday's perceived guilt. They have to be based upon today's reality. I agree that illegals are "not a treat", but in the numbers that are allowed today, they are a threat, culturally, if not
physically (some are both). The severe pressure for cheap labor is a
result of excessive government spending, the solution of which is to
reduce that spending to Constitutional standards. To displace citizens
with foreigners and not to control borders and immigration as other
nations do, may work for special interests, but is violative of our
sovereignty and citizen's rights.
R. L. Ranger
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