Your editorial equating Reagan's shining hill speech to "famous words on
immigration" as if the former President intended these idealistic words
from his 1989 farewell speech to be every day entry policy, is
misleading. He was obviously waxing eloquent on this occasion, using
poetic license, particularly with "the doors are open to anyone"
comment. Emma Lazarus did the same thing in her heart touching sonnet,
The New Colossus, with: "Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled
masses yearning to breathe free," Neither of these were intended or
can be the realistic basis for immigration policy. Similar comments can
and have been made about our US highway systems as being the best in the
world where citizens can freely drive. This does not mean that both
highways and immigration policies should not be subject to practical
limitations and regulations including the removal of those there
unlawfully and those not abiding reasonable restrictions for the public
safely. Our borders are our collective property rights defining the sovereignty of our nation. Those who
violate our borders and/or immigration policies have violated our laws and the various amnesty proposals some are trying to pass violate the rule of law. It is a poor precedent (pun intended) as is allowing Mexican trucks here.
You could have used Reagan's more practical comment: "This country has lost control of its borders. And no country can sustain that kind of
Regarding your June 4th editorial comment on Gary Endelman's collection of essays, he is to be commended for his belief that policy "should be based on
whether immigration is good for America, not on whether immigration is
good for immigrants." Unlimited and/or excessive immigration is not good
for America, only reasonable, limited, controlled and allocated entry
policies will protect and benefit US.
R. L. Ranger
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