Letters and Op-Eds

Welcome to the OFIR Letters and Op-Eds section.  Here you can read Letters to the Editor and Op-Eds that have been published in various newspapers and news sources.



Insecure borders put everybody in danger

I am the “woman” Donald Trump is hugging in the photo on page 6 (Sept. 1). My only son, Ronald da Silva, 29, was murdered on April 27, 2002.

The article states: “killed by a person living in the country without legal permission.” The person who murdered Ronald was an illegal immigrant who was deported and re-entered our country illegally.

It is a problem when the media doesn’t use the appropriate words to describe a persons legal status, trying to make it look and sound better.

My family left Hungary during the revolution and we legally immigrated into the United States via Brazil. We followed the rules and laws, and assimilated into the culture. But most of all, we respect this great country.

The liberal media doesn’t want to bring attention to the huge illegal immigration problem. My son, along with thousands of others killed by illegals, including all of those from The Remembrance Project on the stage at the Phoenix Trump Rally, fear everyday that we may lose another child or loved one because of open borders.

The irony of legal immigration issues is that my family “legally” immigrated to the U.S. and an illegal murdered my child.

Agnes Gibboney, Rancho Cucamoonga


Livingston Daily Press & Argus

Trump will stop illegal aliens and help American workers

September 16, 2016

As I reflect upon Labor Day, I urge workers, both union and non-union, to consider supporting Donald Trump for president. Mr. Trump is the only candidate who will stop the flow of illegal aliens into our country. This influx of cheap labor is taking American jobs and depressing American wages.

The influx of illegal aliens disrupts the labor market, altering the balance of supply and demand. As the supply of illegal labor goes up, the price of all labor goes down. This means stagnating wages and a lower standard of living for all those here legally.

Wages of the American middle class are under assault from an odd political coalition. The Chamber of Commerce has teamed up with union bosses to open the illegal labor floodgates. Under pressure from the Chamber, establishment Republicans feign resistance to illegal immigration while actually doing nothing to prevent it. Beholden to their deep-pocketed donors, establishment lawmakers can’t afford to cross a primary source of campaign funds. The other coalition partner, union bosses are joined at the hip with Democrats. Union bosses push the open borders policy on the hope of recruiting more dues-paying members. They push the open borders policy in spite of the damage it does to the wages of their current members.

With Donald Trump as the Republican nominee, the American worker finally has an opportunity to vote for someone who will stem the flow of illegal labor, thus protecting the economic interests of the American middle class.

Wes Nakagiri

Hartland Township



The Register Guard

The view from the ‘deplorables’

SEPT. 16, 2016

Thanks to Hillary Clinton, I now know how to identify myself.

Because I want our immigration laws enforced and our borders secured, I am “deplorable.”

Because I use the term “radical Islamic terrorists” to describe the Muslim extremists who threaten the civilized world, I am “deplorable.”

Because I am alarmed at the doubling of the national debt under President Obama’s watch, I am “deplorable.”

Because I support traditional marriage, I am “deplorable.”

Because I hold in contempt rioters, looters and those who advocate murdering our police officers, I am “deplorable.”

Because I advocate personal responsibility and accountability, I am “deplorable.”

Because I oppose letting into the U.S. tens of thousands of so-called “refugees” from countries that hate us and whose ranks the Islamic State has vowed to penetrate, I am “deplorable.”

Because I am angered at some of my relatives being devastated financially because of Obamacare, I am “deplorable.”

Because I’m not politically correct, I am “deplorable.”

I’ll give Clinton credit, though. In labeling millions of Americans “deplorable,” she was at least honest about her true feelings, probably for the first time during her campaign.





September 15, 2016

Today’s letter writers discuss immigration.

Violating immigration laws?

Phil Reesman gave us some great perspective on immigration in his letter in the Sept. 11 Crossroads section (“Control melting pot,” Letters).

Immigration laws have been on the books for many years. Those laws were working just fine. Our government officials enforced them and obeyed them for a very long time. Then they violated these laws, failed to enforce them and allowed about 12 million immigrants to enter the United States illegally. Until then, we had been a nation of laws.

It has been said that these officials broke the laws to satisfy a need for cheap labor, to get second generation votes in future years from the children who are born here and to allow privileged people in the public and private sectors to make tons of money when the 12 million illegals entered the U.S. Some of that money went to the political parties and PACs. Congress could have repealed the existing laws and enacted new ones, but it took the quick and illegal way.

Which laws will be violated next? Follow the money and find out. It’s been going on somewhere. There’s too much involved.

Pete Luehring

West Bend




Illegal immigrants are lawbreakers

September 15, 2016

Driving without a license is driving illegally. Illegal drivers are lawbreakers, not undocumented drivers. Likewise, immigrants who enter the United States without following the law are illegal immigrants. They are lawbreakers.

Therefore, liberals who whitewash illegal immigrants as undocumented immigrants do not lessen their status as lawbreakers. That is why immigrants find the term “illegal” offensive. They want to be respected in their lawbreaker status.

Perhaps, instead of whining about the term “illegal,” they should to do the right thing. The right thing is to voluntarily leave the United States, and then re-enter legally. If not, they should stop whining and quietly marinate in their illegal and lawbreaker sauce.

Kevin Palmer,

Martinez, Georgia



The News-Gazette

Election chance to set U.S. straight


This 2016 election is a vast decision-maker. Our deadlocked Congress needs to listen to Americans.

The media are luring voters minds toward Hillary Clinton. On Aug. 23, columnist Jim Nowlan said the Illinois presidential race has been ceded to Clinton. Who promised this? King Madigan?

Some elite Republican Party members refuse to back the people's Republican nominee and are joining Clinton's campaign train. What an embarrassment to conservative Republicans. Do they believe the present government will not remain the governing body created to self-serve them? Americans, beware.

Congress needs to recognize we Americans have spoken.

We desire someone who will tell us the truth, reduce taxes, stop corruption, secure our borders, bring jobs home, reduce dependence on government, clean up the medical insurance fiasco, take care of our vets, stop illegal immigration, get rid of sanctuary cities that protect bad illegals, and build our military to where it was eight years ago -  someone to help working-class Americans, not give the rich more riches.

Obama pledged to transform America. Americans didn't pay attention to how he was doing it. And corruption followed him from Chicago to Washington.

A vote for Clinton will continue this transformation. We don't need more taxes. We need to have God in our lives. We only want legal immigrants working in America.

We want extremely vetted refugees, not refugees who are self-radicalized terrorists.

Our country is going in the wrong direction. Wake up, America. This may be our last chance to make it right.





Los Angeles Times
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Opinion Is there a compromise between religious freedom and assimilation for Muslim Americans?

September 15, 2016, 5:00 AM

To the editor: Shadi Hamid’s thoughtful article on Islamic faith and politics does not attempt to resolve the obvious contradiction he highlights. Hamid says that Muslims’ willingness to struggle for full religious freedom and nondiscrimination in the USA makes them “fully Muslim and fully American.”

(Re “Why Islam isn’t like other faiths,” Opinion, Sept. 11)

But he then goes on to explain that a theocratic state is a premise of the Islamic faith, so that if Muslims were in the majority nobody else would have freedom of religion or from Islamic religion. While focusing on the undoubted sincerity of the Muslim Americans who want freedom to wear religious garb in our society and in Europe, he ignores the theocratic intolerance and morality police of Islamic states.

Thomas Weiss, Woodland Hills



Los Angeles Times
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Opinion Is there a compromise between religious freedom and assimilation for Muslim Americans?

September 15, 2016

To the editor: Hamid wrote an interesting and informative article concerning his Islamic faith, but he seems to miss the point. It’s not that Islam has failed to secularize. It’s that Islam has failed to allow others to secularize.

Conservative Islamic countries seem to have an inability to live in a society that contains non-Muslims. Forced faith is no faith at all.

Michael Harold, West Los Angeles



Los Angeles Times
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Opinion Is there a compromise between religious freedom and assimilation for Muslim Americans?

September 15, 2016

To the editor: At church on Sunday, we discussed how to be more welcoming to Muslims. Afterward, I drove home - glad to live in a “secular” country where I can worship God without fear(and drive because I don’t live in a “religious” country like Saudi Arabia).

Still with warmth in my heart toward Muslims who decide to risk all and come here, I picked up this opinion piece. I could feel my heart growing colder.

I’m not so sure that Islam is “more complicated.” What I regret is when it becomes too simple. Sometimes it seems like thinking is not allowed. As an educated, intellectual Muslim, it is Hamid’s job to make Islam “look better” � show me how one can follow “every single letterr and word in the Koran” and keep from the aggression we have come to fear.

Hamid’s parents passionately claim this as “their country,” because they enjoy the fruits of the thoughtful “liberalism” that caused our founders to break away from European theocracies. Christians learned the hard way that a state dictating the religious beliefs of its citizens is unbearable.

So, as Hamid suggests, I will, sadly, call this “a difference” between our faiths.

Lynn Aldrich, Glendale



Los Angeles Times
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Opinion Is there a compromise between religious freedom and assimilation for Muslim Americans?

September 15, 2016, 5:00 AM

To the editor: The opinion piece was thought-provoking. If I understood correctly, Islam is inherently incompatible with ongoing religious interpretation and with the separation of church and state, two core values of America. I hope to read scholarly articles from Muslims with differing views.

If Hamid’s article is accurate, then I wonder why do Muslims come to America? Fleeing deplorable situations at home, quality education and economic opportunities are possibilities.

Assimilation, another one of America’s core values, would be abhorrent to the devout. By definition, assimilation is not eliminating one’s heritage, but it does mean layering something new onto what one has. The negation of these values has me deeply concerned.

Carole Spencer, Chula Vista



Aiken Standard

Letter: Illegal immigrants breaking the law

Sep 15 2016

Driving without a license is driving illegally. Illegal drivers are lawbreakers, not undocumented drivers. Likewise, immigrants who enter the United States without following the law are illegal immigrants. They are lawbreakers.

Therefore, liberals who whitewash illegal immigrants as undocumented immigrants do not lessen their status as lawbreakers. That is why immigrants find the term “illegal” offensive. They want to be respected in their lawbreaker status. Perhaps, instead of whining about the term “illegal,” they should to do the right thing. The right thing is to voluntarily leave the United States, and then re-enter legally. If not, they should stop whining and quietly marinate in their illegal and lawbreaker sauce.

Kevin Palmer

Martinez, Georgia




Crack down on criminal aliens

Letter to the Editor | Sept. 15, 2016

According to a March 2, 2015, “ICE Weekly Departures and Detention Report” obtained by Center for Immigration Studies expert Jessica Vaughan, there were 168,680 convicted criminal immigrants who had final orders of removal but who remained at large in the U.S. Another 179,018 convicted criminal immigrants with deportation cases pending also remained at large.

Over 20,000 more were released in 2015.

Not reported in mainstream media: “The IRS has discovered more than 1 million Americans whose Social Security numbers were stolen by illegal immigrants, but officials never bothered to tell the taxpayers themselves, the agency's inspector general said in a new report released Tuesday (8/2 716).”

“Employment-related identity theft can cause significant burden to taxpayers, including the incorrect computation of taxes based on income they did not earn,” said J. Russell George, the Treasury inspector general for tax administration, whose office issued the report.

There must be thousands who have successfully registered to vote online. In Pennsylvania, all you need is the last four digits of a Social Security number and your address at http://www.pacast.com. The website even asks “English or Spanish”?

It is actually harder to get a driver's license or personal I.D., as you need your Social Security card - not just the number.

If Donalld Trump is elected, these 1.1 million scofflaws must be found and immediately deported along with the rest of the criminal aliens as they, themselves, are criminals. Moreover this report proves citizens should have to show their identification when voting.

Frank Kushner



The Post and Courier
Winner of the Pulitzer Prize

Letter: Immigrant ban

Sep 15 2016

In 1979, then-President Jimmy Carter used the authority granted to him under the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1952 (aka the Macarran-Walter Act) to ban Iranians from entering the United States during the Islamic Revolution’s Iranian hostage crisis. In November of that year, he gave all Iranian students in the United States one month to report to their local immigration office and, ultimately, thousands of Iranians were deported.

The act states that “whenever the President finds that the entry of any aliens or of any class of aliens into the United States would be detrimental to the interests of the United States, he may by proclamation, and for such period as he shall deem necessary, suspend the entry of all aliens or any class of aliens as immigrants or non-immigrants, or impose on the entry of aliens any restrictions he may deem to be appropriate.”

Carter’s criterion was that, unless Iranian nationals were opposed to the Shiite Islamist regime or had a medical emergency, entry into the United States was verboten.

In fact, no less than six presidents, including Barack Obama, have acted on the authority granted by this law to exclude certain groups from entry into the United States. I do not recall Carter and Obama being represented by the mainstream media as jingoistic racists, so why is Trump being portrayed as such? Oh, I forgot for a moment, he’s a New Yorker given to bombast who rubs people the wrong way, but worse yet he’s a Republican.

Joseph Schachte

Logan Street




Oakland Press


Citizens will suffer with Clinton in White House

What if Hillary Clinton should win in November? You can expect a huge influx of migrants, immigrants, legal and illegal and others who do not plan to leave this country.

Welfare costs will skyrocket. To feed, house and take care of medical needs of thousands of migrants, legal and illegal.

Crime rates will increase with undesirables coming for free everything.

All welfare offices, etc. will be swamped with people looking for hand-outs.

The unemployment rate will jump as U.S. workers are laid off from their regular jobs to make room for the immigrants.

The legal U.S. citizen will suffer.

This is just the beginning. And the list goes on. Those of us who can pay will shoulder this huge expense.

I ask you, is this what we want for our future? If you do not like this, vote Republican.

Bruce Jacobsen

Lake Orion




Border security lax under Obama

SEPTEMBER 14, 2016

Sometimes I wonder if some readers realize what biased reporting does to the average voter.

In a recent letter to the editor, the writer seems to not understand the idea of legal immigration. The immigration department requires immigrants to read, write and speak English.

What does this mean to average citizens? How do you feel about "press one for English," and the millions of dollars it costs to print your bills in several languages? Why do we need several languages for our driver's license test, at a cost of millions of tax dollars? What's next? Traffic signs in different languages? For all you environmentalists, think of how many trees we would save by printing everything in English only.

Newspapers should report the news, instead of making it up. A headline after Trump's visit to Mexico said it was a failure because Trump did not bring up the cost of building the wall. Trump is only a candidate. He can't tell Mexico's president who will pay for the wall.

The real question is why President Obama hasn't enforced border security. Why hasn't Hillary Clinton approached the Mexican president to voice her opinion on illegal border crossings? Is it because she wants more border crossings?

Press one for English.

Frederick Klem




New Haven Register

What is the acceptable number?


The New Haven Register editorial “10,000 is not enough” (Sept. 5) makes me think. As an engineer I like to apply logic to problem solving. With the proposed influx of immigrants from countries with active terrorist movements and our inability to vet large numbers of undocumented, there will certainly be some terrorists that get through the system and into our country. (Isis has told us so.)

o my mind asks the question: “What is the acceptable number?” Is it 10, 50, more? Logic says there will be some, and the best minds in government agree, so I would ask those endorsing large resettlement programs to give us the number of terrorists that they feel would be acceptable?

In the many radically inspired terrorist acts we have seen there is an average number of deaths per event. For example, 9/11 with 3,000 deaths and 19 terrorists, the average was about 160 per terrorist. Orlando had 49 by one. San Bernardino, 14 killed by two, for an average of seven. Ft. Hood, 13 by one. Nice, France, had 84 by one. So, overall, there would be an average number which might be 30 or more deaths per event.

If we take the acceptable number of terrorists times the average number of casualties per act, the result is the number of dead that supporters of high numbers of immigrants from countries riddled with Isis and al-Qaida will find acceptable. Your example of the influx of Vietnamese and Cubans is out of place since it was a time before terrorism, as we know it, existed. I would really like to have these numbers studied by those actively promoting the resettlement. Hillary, since you have favored accepting 600,000 in your first term, what, in your mind, is the acceptable number of terrorists and casualties?

Just give us the numbers!

EEd Cowern

North Haven



The Columbus Dispatch

Letter: Immigration woes felt here

September 14, 2016

In college, I was required to read “How to Lie with Statistics,” published in 1954. It immediately came to mind in reading the WKSU article “Immigration has traction, but why here?” in Monday’s Dispatch.

I am not suggesting lies in this instance, but the sample study, the tabulation method, the interview technique, and the way the results are derived from the figures are used to fulfill rather than to inform on the facts.

The U.S. census is the only source listed. How many illegal immigrants would respond? As with other situations in their daily lives, they tend to live in the shadows in a cash economy. It is possible that the greatest numbers in central Ohio are Asian and African, but for the most part they came here legally.

By the writer’s own admission “when counting unauthorized immigrants, Latin America moves up to a strong No. 1.” These individuals tend to come here over the southern border.

Reanne Frank, a demographer at Ohio State University, said that immigrants have little to do with any of these communities’ issues, but the article skimmed over the fact that this is a national issue, and what affects other areas has a negative effect on the entire country, including our area.

To me, this explains the traction.

George Fleshman



Portland Press Herald

September 14, 2016

Letter to the editor: Politicians should focus on citizens, not immigration

I am weary of the “everything immigration” headlines.

Our presidential candidates’ platforms should address how they are going to make sure that all American citizens are going to be taken care of.

Our political leaders need to make the well-being of their constituents their focus.

All American citizens need to work together to make sure that we are all able to participate in the American dream.

All American citizens deserve to have some form of government-provided health insurance.

All American citizens deserve to earn a decent living wage for the work they do.

All American citizens deserve to have access to an affordable college education.

All American citizens need to make sure their senior citizens, veterans and the disabled are well taken care of. An annual, sensible benefit raise would make a difference.

We all need to work together to make sure these needs are met. Maybe then we will not feel like second-class citizens in our own country that we love.

Brenda Pooler





Letters: Legal citizens first
September 14, 2016

Legal citizens first

I’m curious as to the amount of federal dollars, if any, Cowlitz County received for becoming a sanctuary county. Shouldn’t an issue such as this be run by the residents of the county? I don’t recall a vote on the decision or even being notified that we are now a sanctuary county, a safe haven for criminals. It boggles the mind how such havens exists in America. To defy federal law and treat illegal aliens in a manner that Americans aren’t, is outrageous. Part of being a sanctuary county is to release illegal aliens that commit other crimes before ICE has a chance to deport them. The arresting agency will not hold them for the feds. The murder of Kate Steinle in San Francisco by an illegal is a good example. He had been arrested and deported five times thanks to a sanctuary city. It’s time for the citizens (legal) of America to come first, way past time.

From the basket of the Deplorables,

Steve Moline

Castle Rock




Terrorists, drug dealers fear Trump

SEPTEMBER 13, 2016, 6:27 PM

Remember 9/11? Then how can you possibly even consider a candidate, any candidate, that would even consider allowing tens if not hundreds of thousands of un-vetted Muslims, Syrians and Mexicans into our country? This is not paranoia or fear-mongering. ISIS has announced that it will infiltrate the Syrian refugees with their terrorist bombers. Still feel like rolling the dice with Hillary Clinton?

It could be you or your kids, friends or relatives who get blown up at the next bombing. Think about that seriously before you vote.

Donald Trump scares the hell out of terrorists and drug dealers who depend on lax borders and lax immigration laws and corrupt politicians.

Trump (the outsider) is being portrayed very negatively by the mainstream media but he wants to build a wall (no matter who pays for it); halt all illegal immigration until we can figure out who's who with proper documentation; double the number of border patrols and give them the power to do what they were hired to do; make our country strong again by building up our decimated military.

Let's all truly remember 9/11 like it was yesterday and do the right thing on Nov. 8.

Tom Heigl






September 13, 2016

Immigration has given us a rich and diverse culture. Previous immigrants came to assimilate into the American culture and way of life adding their culture and traditions to the rich tapestry of the American culture. They came to offer their talents, labor and efforts to their adopted country. They came to offer their allegiance to one country, one flag, one constitution and one way our way of life.

However, not all immigrants are alike. There is a current group of immigrants that choose not to assimilate; they do not embrace our constitution, do not tolerate other religious beliefs, and regard women and LGBT as second-class citizens.

Freedom of speech and religion become at risk. This group arrives seeking humanitarian tolerance. They portray themselves as peaceful and victims of misunderstanding. As their numbers grow, they seek to criminalize free speech that might be critical, and threaten legal action for perceived discrimination. They begin to demand accommodation from their host country. They pursue consolidation of power in government, schools and courts.

As they gain influence and power, they begin to intimidate citizens to create fear and submission. They begin intentional efforts to undermine democratic government and culture. They reject and defy the host country’s secular law. They destroy churches and synagogues and establish their “one true religion”.

Do the research; get the facts. For the sake of equal rights and freedom, become informed on both sides of “diversity”.

John Nelson
Bill Mager
Lance Huebscher
Ken Haubrich

Grand Rapids & Cohasset




Monday, September 5, 2016

September 4, 2016

Trump trip to Mexico a diplomatic coup

From our Readers

As an undecided voter, I watched Donald Trump’s speech in Phoenix following his trip to visit Mexico’s President Enrique Pena Nieto. I think he made several valid arguments in regard to Illegal aliens in the United States. Mr. Trump discussed our government’s refusal to deport criminal aliens, its support for sanctuary cities, the promotion of widespread amnesty and the issue of turning a blind eye to Americans losing their jobs to illegal aliens who are driving down wages for everyone.

Interestingly enough, Democrat Hillary Clinton that night readied a TV ad criticizing Mr. Trump’s visit to Mexico, saying he had failed in his first attempt at diplomacy. But who really failed diplomacy? Donald Trump, who accepted President Nieto’s invitation to discuss the most serious issue dividing our two nations, or Hillary Clinton, who spurned that invitation?

Edward Skinner
Kingman, Ariz.



Lubbock Avalanche-Journal

Letter: Investigate firms hiring illegals
September 5, 2016

A lot of attention has been directed toward methods to decrease illegal immigration. What would the impact on illegal immigration be if we investigated the companies which are suspected of hiring illegal immigrants and enforced existing employment laws?

RUAN REAST / Lubbock



El Paso Times

Schickedanz: Organ wilderness adds to border danger

Jerry G. Schickedanz - September 3, 2016

Recently, I read in the Las Cruces Sun-News that the international border fence along the railroad tracks at Sunland Park was not adequate and needed to be replaced by a higher and stronger fence. The current chain-link fence had holes and people could cross without difficulty.

What about the border fence as you go west from El Paso? Is it adequate to keep drug couriers and illegal immigrants from crossing? The border fence degrades into just a barbwire fence that may or may not even keep cattle from going back and forth across the international border.

Homeland Security personnel report that the border is safe and secure, apprehensions are down, so the border must be safe. It is not safe just because they tell us it is safe.

They answer to the president, who has said the border is safe, and do you think they are going to go against their boss and tell you the truth? They all want to keep their jobs and get promoted.

Ranchers along the border will tell me that there are all kinds of traffic crossing with drugs and people. There are ultra-light airplanes dropping drugs at night. They fly to sidewalk solar powered lights placed in remote areas to make the drops for pickup.

A rancher has found numerous abandoned carpet booties that go over shoes to make tracking more difficult.

A party of several illegal immigrants was left in the desert by their guide and they camped on a high spot for the night. An armed and masked man came to their camp and stayed all night, but would not talk to them and he left in the early morning. They were terrified and turned themselves into the first law enforcement officer they encountered.

The list can go on and on. This activity is occurring right now in the Organ Mountain Desert Peaks National Monument.

Currently, the sheriff and Border Patrol can do routine patrols on roads, routes and ways in the national monument and Wilderness Study Areas.

They can use 72 miles of routes that the Bureau of Land Management has recorded and allow to be used under the “non-impairment” clause of managing Wilderness Study Areas. However, if these same lands are designated by Congress to become wilderness, these same 72 miles of routes will be off limits for routine patrol by law enforcement, ranchers, hunters and visitors to the national monument.

The Organ Mountain Desert Peaks National Monument will become even less safe for the people who live within the monument and for visitors.

Sens. Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich have introduced the Organ Mountains Desert Peaks Conservation Act which, if passed by Congress, will designate 241,067 acres along and near the international border to become wilderness.

This will create the same problems that Arizona has with their wilderness along the border of illegal crossing and not being able to do routine patrols in the wilderness designations.

Currently, the border lands are not safe and secure and will become more dangerous if this bill is passed by Congress.

Jerry G. Schickedanz is a distinguished chair of the Linebery Natural Resource Policy Center.



News Republic

Promised transparency is not practiced

Sep 2, 2016

Promised transparency is not practiced

Rep. Mark Pocan (D-2nd) wrote in The Capital Times on Aug. 23 that Hillary Clinton belongs in the White House because she would create 10 million jobs during her first term.

What he doesn’t mention is that like him, Clinton supports the doubling of annual legal immigration and guest workers to 2 million each plus amnesty for 11 million illegal aliens. Pocan co-sponsored the House version of the 2013 Senate amnesty bill that the Congressional Budget Office said would have resulted in 33 million new foreign workers and continued depressed wages in just the first 10 years. My limited grasp of mathematics tells me Clinton would have a lot of explaining to do to the remaining 23 million new foreign workers added to our already bloated labor pool.

Pocan supporters also should know that on June 8 he and 41 other House members sent a letter to the IRS asking that it hide from organizations like NumbersUSA the voting records of members of Congress, most notably those dealing with immigration.

Mr. Pocan is part of what President Obama promised would be the “most transparent” administration in United States history. Why would he want to keep his voting record hidden?

Dave Gorak, LaValle



The Augusta Chronicle

Curb radical Islam

By Roger L. Eden
Friday, Sept. 2, 2016

Zia Rehman’s July 23 letter to the editor (“Put Sharia in perspective”) was, I think, a masterpiece of taqiyah, the deceptive practice of concealing one’s religion.

Under Sharia law, there is no true freedom of religion, speech, the press, thought or creative artistic expression. There is a double standard: one for Muslim men, and another for women and nonbelievers. Equal rights do not apply to women. In some countries, they must submit to female genital mutilation. Their testimony in court is equal to half that of a male witness. In cases of inheritance, a woman is entitled to half that of a male. If a woman is raped, under an Islamic-law court she must present four witnesses to successfully convict the rapist.

There are no Islamic countries that practice democracy in the same way as the United States. I think Islam and democracy are mutually incompatible. Under a true democracy, a Muslim and a non-Muslim are considered to be equals. Not so under Sharia law. According to some Muslim believers, the U.S. Constitution is superseded by Sharia law, as the Constitution was conceived by man and must yield precedence to Sharia, which some Muslims believe is the sacred law of Allah.

We have two congressmen and several other federal employees who are practicing Muslims. I think they should not have been allowed to fill their respective offices, because to do so, they had to swear an oath to uphold the Constitution. The fact that they did so is, in my opinion, further evidence of the practice of taqiyah. Sharia law is advocated by many educated Muslims all over the world. Many of the proponents of Sharia law in France, the United Kingdom, Germany, Sweden and elsewhere are extremely well-educated. Osama bin Laden and his 9/11 homicide bombers are good examples of this.

I think immigrants from predominantly Muslim countries should not be allowed into the United States, except for those who wish to assimilate and become loyal citizens, thankful for the opportunity to improve their lot and to be a blessing to the United States – not to commit heinous, barbaric acts of terrorism. I believe Sharia law already has taken root in some parts of Michigan, Texas and New Jersey.

Our leaders at every level of authority must get off their politically correct butts and put a stop to all this before it is too late. May God bless America in spite of herself!

Roger L. Eden


(The writer is a retired U.S. Army sergeant major.)


The Berkshire Eagle

Letter: Sheriff is a hero doing a necessary job

The Berkshire Eagle


Sheriff is a hero doing a necessary job

To the editor:

On Sunday, Aug. 28 The Eagle printed a Washington Post editorial demeaning Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio. He is a hero doing his job in protecting our border since our federal government under Barack Obama has decided not to uphold the laws they swore to uphold. Does the editorial suggest the sheriff just turn a blind eye?

We need more Sheriff Arpaios here. Maybe then our sanctuary city of Springfield will also uphold our immigration laws. They call him a "profiler." Profiling has always been a key element of policing. If you are looking for criminal elves, you don't spend your time checking out elderly grandmothers. I bet the majority of illegal Mexicans pulled over had other things that would lead one to think that they were illegals. Things like stolen plates, erratic driving and too many passengers.

I pray that day does not come where our open border allows a terrorist cell to enter with a weapon of mass destruction. Then you would wish that we had more dedicated public servants like Sheriff Arpaio.

Irwin Moiseff, Pittsfield



The Commercial Appeal


Letter: On illegal immigration, punish the right people

Sept. 02, 2016

David Maybry


As the issue of illegal immigrants takes front page in our news and with our politicians, it’s necessary to note the hypocrisy involved in this matter (“To build a wall?” Sept. 1 article).

Yes, as so many point out with much vigor, these people are breaking our laws. However, there is another group of people breaking the law that no one is talking about: the “law-abiding” people and businesses that hire undocumented workers.

As the U.S. Code states, “Any person or entity which engages in a pattern or practice of violations of subsection (a)(1)(A) or (a)(2) shall be fined not more than $3,000 for each unauthorized alien with respect to whom such a violation occurs, imprisoned for not more than six months for the entire pattern or practice, or both, notwithstanding the provisions of any other Federal law relating to fine levels.”

Crack down on this group with heavy fines and jail time, and you dry up the jobs.

Morally, who should we punish more, people trying to feed their families or people trying to feed their bank accounts?




We need a border fence, and more: Opposing view

Dan Stein September 1, 2016

Instead of enforcing our immigration laws, we provide incentives for people to violate them.

Sixty-five countries have built security fences and other barriers to protect themselves from large scale migration and the infiltration of terrorists. Fences do not guarantee security, but they are an integral tool for securing borders.

In 2006, Congress acknowledged the need when it approved the Secure Fence Act. The legislation called for secure double-layered fencing along 700 miles of the border, augmented by manpower and technology to maintain overall control. Notably, both Sens. Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton voted in favor of the Secure Fence Act.

A decade later, the bill’s promise remains unfulfilled. Given the growth in worldwide migration and the emergence of new terrorist organizations, it is essential that the fence be completed and other security structures — including a wall where appropriate — be fully implemented.

While completing the fence is vital, we must not lose sight of the fact that our porous border is not the problem; it’s the symptom of the problem. Instead of enforcing our immigration laws, we provide incentives for people to violate them. Under the Obama administration, those incentives have become more enticing — on purpose.

While virtually everyone acknowledges that jobs are the primary magnet for illegal immigration, we do virtually nothing to prevent illegal aliens from working here. The Obama administration has abandoned meaningful enforcement against employers who hire them. Congress refuses to make E-Verify mandatory for all employers, despite the system’s proven track record.

The administration has also made it clear that it will not enforce immigration laws, unless an illegal alien has been convicted of other serious crimes. In addition, some 300 jurisdictions around the country shield illegal aliens through a variety of formal and informal sanctuary policies. Other jurisdictions readily provide the full panoply of taxpayer benefits and services.

If we truly want to control our borders, we must not only have physical barriers that make illegal entry difficult, we must also discourage illegal immigration by making it clear that it will never be rewarded.

Dan Stein is president of the Federation for American Immigration Reform



The Daily Eastern News.COM
Tell  the  truth,  and  don’t  be  afraid.

Letter to the Editor: Good fences make good neighbors

September 1, 2016

Said Nigel Farage recently: “I would not vote for Hillary Clinton if she paid me to.”

On June 23, 2016, the voters of Great Britain declared independence from the European Union. Rule Britannia! Nigel Farage helped voters to understand the issues. The Brits no longer wished to be under—yes, under– the rule of the EU. The Brits wanted to decide their own immigration policies. They wanted their own trade policies and better fishing rights. In short, they wanted their own representative government to govern with the consent of the British people, not by a tangle of rules from the EU. Similar themes are a part of American politics as American voters approach the November election. Which of the four candidates should we choose? With Clinton, we would have a centralized government with its EU style diktats. Elections would become a bare fig leaf of tiny window dressing as representative government shrinks. Donald Trump’s immigration policy begins with “good fences make good neighbors,” or at least a step in that direction. A good fence insists we respect each other. How can there be peace if we do not respect each other?  Two other candidates? Who knows? They do not seem to know how government can be a blessing and a curse.

Leonidas Miller, Mattoon resident



The Washington Times

Exit the way you entered

By THE WASHINGTON TIMES - - Thursday, September 1, 2016


To be an immigration restrictionist today is to reside in a political Groundhog Day where sensible enforcement strategies of yesteryear have disappeared into a black hole. According to the press (and Donald Trump), there are only two choices for dealing with illegal aliens: Round them up to be deported or allow the long-termers — those with anchor babies and lengthy periods of job thievery — to stay. Really?

Instead, why not turn up the heat on existing programs, such as e-Verify, to make illegals’ lives so difficult that they are forced to leave on their own, the same way they got here?

Mitt Romney was roundly criticized for suggesting illegals “self-deport.” Apparently it was too sensible a suggestion for mainstream media to abide. But Mr. Romney was right: Deportation expenses for job thieves shouldn’t fall on American taxpayers.

Behavioral psychologist B.F. Skinner taught us that negative reinforcement reduces undesirable behaviors, but America’s current practice of rewarding illegals with jobs, food stamps and first-world healthcare trains them to sit and stay. Democrats apparently want culturally big-government foreigners to remain and vote.

After decades of permissiveness, the government must demonstrate seriousness about immigration enforcement if we are to ever again imagine ourselves as “a nation of laws.”


Berkeley, Calif.



The Times-Tribune

Letters to the Editor 9/1/2016

TIMES-TRIBUNE READERS / Published: September 1, 2016

Restore greatness

Editor: This should be an election of change. Instead, one party asks the electorate to continue the status quo by advancing its same failed policies, including Obamacare, illegal immigration, depressed wages, welfare abuse, civil unrest, terrorism and usurpation of legislative power. Consider Middle East chaos, nation-building and the situations in Syria, Iraq, Iran and Benghazi. Libya.

The system is broken and blame lies with the establishment and political hacks of both parties. The old-boy network will not go away by itself. We, the electorate, must fire them.

This is not the typical Democrat vs. Republican battle, but insider vs. outsider. Let us put aside ideologies and come together and correct the mess in which we find ourselves. Let’s reverse the creeping socialism that has infected our system. Let’s reject another self-serving insider whose greatest success has been her acquisition of personal wealth and power at the taxpayers’ expense.

Witness the insider piling-on of Donald Trump, not only by Democrats, but also by establishment Republicans who fear a loss of power and shamefully contribute to the media barrage against him.

Let’s elect an independent businessman who is not beholden to any political party or outside interest — free to serve his constituents and “make America great again,” bringing back jobs and rebuilding the economy. We can be assured he will protect life from the “womb-to-the-tomb,” control immigration, provide for the national defense and most importantly, appoint Supreme Court justices who will interpret law and not rewrite it.





The Mercury News

Piedmonter/Montclarion letters:

The Piedmonter and Montclarion

Posted:  08/31/2016 10:19:31 AM PDT | Updated:  about 12 hours ago

So just whose fault is it if families are broken up?

If your parents moved and left you behind, wouldn't that be child abandonment?

If illegal immigrant parents are deported and don't take their children, isn't that child abandonment? Who, then, is breaking up a family?

John Holmes

San Lorenzo



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Letter to the Editor: Free-Trade Deals Bad for America, Americans

By Diana Thorn | August 30, 2016 | 7:30 a.m.

Pres. Obama, Hillary Clinton and the socialist Democratic Party are determined to pass several so called “free trade’ deals that are bad for America and American workers. (NAFTA-TPP-TTIP) These trade deals would result in loss of American jobs, America’s sovereignty would be usurped, and power would be given to international organizations and courts to carry out and enforce the deals. Not Congress and the executive branch. Is this what you want America?

Even more frightening, we are learning about a sweeping, secretive trade deal called TISA (Trade in Service Agreement) that was recently exposed in WikiLeaks by Julian Assange. This trade deal would undermine citizen’s privacy, governments’ sovereignty, and allow the free flow of foreign labor. That means cheap labor would replace American workers.

What is TISA? Fifty-one countries would be governed by it, including the US, the European Union, and 22 other nations representing 70% of the world’s services’ trade. If passed, it would cover 80% of the US economy that falls under the heading of “services.” Included would be shipping, air travel, e-commerce, tele-communications, the internet, healthcare, financial services, engineering, landscape services, construction, sanitation, hotels, restaurants, and so on. We would be governed by international, not American laws and policies.

How would it affect us? TISA would globalize markets, functionally destroy national borders and create new corporate friendly rules and regulations in e-commerce and financial services. Simply put, TISA would seek to privatize public services and prevent countries from having any control over international corporations. It would be "profits over people.” Furthermore, it has “standstill” clauses to freeze regulations in place and prevent future rules for professional licensing, qualifications or technical standards. And a “ratchet” clause would make any broken trade barrier irreversible. Finally, no restrictions could be placed on foreign investment, corporations could control entire sectors.

And what about our privacy? According to The New Republic, this deal would allow banks and e-commerce outlets such as Amazon to send individual’s data out of a TISA country for processing, regardless of national privacy laws.

How would immigration be affected by TISA? Greatly. TISA is a backdoor attempt to allow unrestricted immigration into the US. Congress and the president would be powerless to regulate or stop the free flow of labor, work permits and other immigration requirements would be affected, and foreign workers could work without applying for citizenship. As a result, cheap labor would replace the jobs of American workers. Finally, there would be no limits on those entering our country and Pres. Obama and Hillary Clinton would have their permanent open border.

Wake-up America. TISA is a big deal. It is bad for America and Pres. Obama wants to fast-track it. Get informed and call members of Congress. If passed, it would be the final nail in the coffin of our Democratic Republic.

Diana Thorn



The Jamestown Sun

Letter to the editor: It’s not a difficult choice for president

By MARK SCHUTTENHELM from Jamestown Today [August 30, 2016] at 6:41 a.m.

For folks who are still on the fence regarding the upcoming presidential election, I offer some help. If you wish to have every aspect of American life continue to be ruled by political correctness, vote for Hillary Clinton. If you are obsessed with global warming and agree with Secretary of State John Kerry that air conditioners and refrigerators are as big of a threat to life as Islamic State terrorists, vote for Clinton. If you think it’s acceptable to have your ability to protect yourself and your family with a handgun challenged by politicians who enjoy 24/7 taxpayer-funded, armed security, Hillary is your gal. If you’d like to see more left-wing fanatics like Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a former American Civil Liberties Union attorney, on the U.S. Supreme Court, vote for Clinton. If you think more diseased illegal aliens and refugees are a good thing for the United States, you should vote for Clinton. If you stand with the cop haters and cop killers instead of the actual cops, you should pull the lever for Clinton. If you think the taxpayer should cover sexual reassignment surgery for transgenders in the military while our vets sit around and rot waiting for basic medical procedures, Clinton is your candidate.

If you think more wide open borders and an unlimited invasion of illegal aliens is a good thing, vote for Clinton. If you have no problem with confused men and predators sharing the bathroom with your daughters, wives, moms and grandmothers, you should vote for Clinton. If you want middle-class wages to continue to be depressed by illegal and legal immigration and bad trade deals, cast that ballot for Clinton. If you think a million more Muslims, many from terrorist-friendly nations, and the associated terrorism, is a good thing for the United States, pull the lever for Clinton. If you’re a fan of sanctuary cities and you think dumping more than 20,000 criminal illegal aliens on our streets each year is a good idea, vote for Clinton. If you want to see your president pandering to an anti-police group like Black Lives Matter, stand with Clinton. If you’d like to see every illegal alien currently squatting in the U.S. made legal within 100 days of the inauguration, then vote for Clinton. If you’ve enjoyed watching the country decline toward Third World status, vote for Clinton to see that decline continue. Finally, if you like the direction things have been going in Washington, D.C., where lobbyists, donors, cronies and special interests rule the roost, vote for Clinton, for she will surely continue the corruption. As you can see, it isn’t such a difficult choice after all.



George B. Viau: Illegal immigration is the real problem

Posted Aug. 29, 2016 at 6:30 PM

I always enjoyed Mark Patinkin's articles until he composed his Aug. 25 column, “Consider our Rio Olympians before closing the US borders.” It’s not the content of the article but the title. Neither of the candidates running for the office of president ever discussed closing the borders. Yes, building a wall has been mentioned. What Trump did was strongly declare he would stop illegal entry into the U.S. There is a major difference between the two and I thought that an intelligent man like Mark would know the difference.

Yes the Olympians mentioned in his article deserve the congratulations from all U.S citizens for their performances, but I seriously doubt that their parents entered this country illegally.

Mark, just to make it perfectly clear, closing the borders to all people from foreign countries is not the same as stopping illegal entry.

George B. Viau





August 29, 2016 12:19 PM

Immigration: If you want to come here, apply for visa

Richard Radford, Anderson Island

Is it true that the only solutions to the problem of undocumented workers lie in legalizing all of them or deporting all of them? No! The solution already exists. It is for an immigrant to go back to one’s home nation, making one’s way to a U.S. consulate and applying for a visa. One may then return to the U.S. and apply for citizenship.

By the way, the visa itself makes one a legal resident for the term of the visa.



The Augusta Chronicle

Taxpayers are slaves

By Sam Arrington
Sunday, Aug 28, 2016

Who is it the Democrats think are working, paying taxes and producing in America? Working-class people.

Michelle Obama is disgusted that slaves helped build the White House. Today, we still have slaves – taxpayers. The taxpaying slaves are trying to keep America afloat but are struggling. A huge portion of our tax dollars go to the people who are too sorry to work; don’t want to work; say they can’t work; or the ones who think they are owed something or entitled. These people are domestic slaves to the government and don’t even realize it, and the government controls every aspect of their lives.

The taxpaying slaves are outnumbered by our domestic slaves and freeloaders. There are people who really need, and have trouble getting, benefits while others who are too sorry to work get them easier than veterans get their earned benefits.

With President Obama allowing illegal immigrants and Syrians to flood our country just as the flood waters devastated Baton Rouge, La., how can there be enough money to support these people when the Democrats put them on the government’s payroll and automatically give them benefits that we taxpaying slaves have worked for?

Taxpaying slaves will have to work a little harder and longer to pay for these illegals who will vote for a liberal Democrat just to keep their checks flowing. The people not working outnumber those who do work. If Hillary Clinton is elected, the floodgates will open to millions more illegals who will get government checks, and the United States will end up just like Greece and Venezuela – broke.

I do not want to work for the government and neither do my friends. The government was intended to work for us.

Come on people, let’s elect a patriot for president who will pave the way for better jobs and economy, and will rebuild our military. We don’t need and can’t afford another lying politician in the White House. Donald Trump is my man.

Sam Arrington


The Register Guard

John Zupan, a prominent Portland businessman and friend, was left to die in a ditch. Abigail Robinson, age 4, and Anna Dieter-Eckert, age 6, were “bumps” in the road and were left to die after a felony hit-and-run in Forest Grove.

It warms my heart that they have not been forgotten. There is hope. Edy Reynoso-Ramirez and Cinthya Garcia-Cisneros, respectively, will be sent home permanently and not left to roam the streets of Oregon’s sanctuary cities.

Neither President Obama nor Hillary Clinton cares about the loss of life or grief these illegal aliens have brought upon our citizens of Oregon. I, for one, am grateful a man has been found who does.

To Donald Trump, I say thank you!

Paul Nachman

Even when I disagree with their conclusions, I typically find the Chronicle’s editorials on local topics informative. But when the subjects venture farther afield, as with your recent editorial about bringing Syrian refugees to Montana (“No place for fear in Montana politics,” Aug. 26), it seems that your editorial board members often know next to nothing about the subject and won’t stir themselves to learn.

For example, you assured us that the Congolese refugees recently brought to Missoula “had been vetted for three years before being admitted to the United States, the same vetting process other refugees granted asylum in the U.S. must undergo.” This overlooks several salient facts about the U.S. refugee program that are well known to people who do their homework:

1. Processing time isn’t investigation time. As Kelly Gauger of the State Department’s Refugee Admissions office explained last October, “We’re not spending 18 months doing security checks. … At any given time, we’ve got something like a quarter-million people churning through the system.” So it’s actually like everyone’s experience at the motor vehicle department—you’re in line for an hour, yet your own business takes just a few minutes.

2. In the administration’s mad dash to import Syrian refugees, they’ve chopped “vetting” time to a scant three months. Coupled with routine federal incompetence (e.g. recall TSA airport screeners’ 95-percent failure rate at detecting test contraband), that’s appalling.

3. Last fall, FBI Director James Comey flatly told Congress that his agency can’t screen Syrian refugees, since relevant databases are essentially non-existent.

The editorial goes on to comment that, “Immigration is a serious issue that demands serious attention.” Yes, indeed, and that requires a serious editorial board.

Jim Elvin
SJ Statesman Journal

President Obama’s idea of ignoring our immigration laws and encouraging those who break them makes me think we need to take his thoughts a step further and legalize bank robberies.

This plan would require all banks to give money to any thief who asked for it and have the taxpayers cover the cost to the banks. This would be similar to the guidelines that Obama and many others in our government are now using concerning illegal aliens: letting the taxpayers take care of all the cost.

Any bank that refuses to cooperate with such a plan would be referred to as “un-American” for wanting to deny thieves a better life for themselves and their families.

The cost to the taxpayers in this plan might be similar to the cost for the illegal aliens.

This plan may sound a little ludicrous, but Obama’s guidelines on the illegal aliens have a similar tone, and Hillary Clinton seems to be planning very similar plans as Obama’s. Or maybe even worse.

Our immigration laws no longer exist, nor will our country as we know it.

Stuart Dick
East Oregonian

The prophet Ezekiel was told to set a mark on those that “sigh and cry for all the abominations” (9:4). Americans that love and cherish our land, our heritage, our Constitution, and our liberty are grieving over the rampant corruption and high level treason (abominations) that have infected our precious republic.

Confusion, deception, duplicity and sophistry have replaced integrity, justice and morality in America today. The national press and media do not objectively report the news — they manipulate, censor and shield news to promote their liberal agenda. The Obama Justice Department shields corruption, as evidenced by Hillary Clinton’s lies and deceit. The Supreme Court is now politically controlled, as evidenced by Obamacare. One more liberal (globalist) justice will destroy the foundation of the American republic and the liberty and freedom of the American people.

The next presidential election will determine the fate of the American republic. What the national press and media will not report is this election is about globalism vs. the American people.

Globalism means a one-world government authority over American national sovereignty. Globalism means open borders and unlimited immigration, especially Islamic. Globalism means the shredding of the Constitution and dismantling of the Second Amendment. Globalism means slavery for all except the elite.

Who are the globalists? Primarily the Democratic Party under the Clintons and Obamas, the Republican establishment, and the national media (CNN, MSCNBN, ABC, CBS, NBC, Time, Newsweek, 90 percent of newspapers and 90 percent of Hollywood). This is the reason the Bush family, Paul Ryan, Mitt Romney, John McCain, Mitch McConnell, Glen Beck, Megyn Kelly and other establishment Republicans will not support Trump.

The vast majority of contemporary politicians are globalists. Their allegiance is to a global one-world government, not the American republic. This is the reason Donald Trump is so hated, so maligned, and so ridiculed. His presidency would destroy the globalist conspiracy to ruin America. He is not a politician. He is not politically correct. He is not bought and paid for like Hillary Clinton. He is not corrupt to the core like Hillary Clinton.

Is Donald Trump without flaws? No man/woman is, but I will tell you what the press will not. He has sacrificed his wealth, his strength, his reputation, his honor, and his family to save the American republic. The least you can do for your country and our liberty is vote for him.


Letters to the editor for August

Nation changed since Lincoln’s days

Jason Silverman says in his Aug. 7 column the GOP has lost its way on immigration because of its “tone” but does not say how in actuality. He lightly dismisses the fact that we live in a vastly different world than Abraham Lincoln and that immigration means something altogether different now. He brushes off the concerns of crime, jobs, borders and the rule of law as if they are irrelevant to the issue. He does not even consider the problem of immigration of our enemies.

He cites, but fails to grasp the pragmatism of, Lincoln’s immigration view. The nation needed workers. He would import them. There is nothing wrong with this but Lincoln recognized that the immigrant should have something to offer his new nation. The Democratic view is something different. The immigrant is seen as a source of votes, and who, duly offered entitlements, whether he is a citizen or not or here legally or not, will be all but guaranteed to vote Democratic. I suspect the pragmatic Lincoln would have balked at this notion, especially when understood in light of the fact that joblessness is the current problem, not the surplus of jobs that Lincoln was countering. Certainly his pragmatism would not have extended to buying votes from illegal aliens.

Further, I cannot tell from the article if Silverman actually looked at the GOP platform on immigration, because it reads much the same as Lincoln’s. It acknowledges that immigration is good for the nation. It agrees that at times it is a tool for providing sanctuary. The clincher of course, is that it also demands that immigration be conducted by the rule of law, that our borders are recognized as borders and that those who break the laws of our nation and ignore our borders will be treated as criminals.

I suspect that Lincoln would not approve of the tone and demeanor of Donald Trump (nor do I), but there is little in the Republican platform on immigration with which Lincoln could have found fault. In this regard it seems to me that Silverman is confusing the unpleasantness of Trump with the practical approach to immigration offered by the GOP. He also seems to conflate Mr. Lincoln’s better nature with the calculated and exploitive view of immigration outside of the law as proposed by the Democrats. That is a bridge too far, Dr. Silverman.

George Barron
Rock Hill



Poughkeepsie Journal

Letters to editor

August 12, 2016

U.S. must secure border and enforce laws

The Poughkeepsie Journal’s recent editorial repeated its previously stated position supporting porous borders, as well as support for our current illegal immigration and amnesty policy (“Valley loses with immigration reform in flux,” July 19).

The Journal makes weak arguments for passage of the so-called “comprehensive immigration reform” legislation, which was defeated by Congress because it would continue the current and past illegal immigration problem. The result of this legislation would be amnesty for 11 million illegal immigrants, as well as no end to the illegal immigrant flow into the United States.

Instead, we need a proven over-time, secure, southern border first, rather than continuing the policy of an uncontrolled border. Candidates that advocated for a secure border first - no amnesty - were swept into office all across the U.S. in the 2014 election.

Besides erecting a secure southern border, people that enter the U.S. on a visa must be forced to return to their country of origin prior to the expiration date specified for that visa.

Currently, an unknown, large number of foreign people remain in the U.S. illegally because the federal government allows this lawless policy.

A sovereign country needs to control its borders in order for that country to continue its existence.

Helmut M. Gartner
Hopewell Junction




Letters to the Editor

AUGUST 11, 2016


All the wonderful stories about immigrants are uplifting and heart-warming. But given the world situation, they’re not applicable now.

A pause in immigration is long overdue. The most pressing reason is national security, and to allow for assimilation.

It does not show a lack of compassion, nor is it selfish, to be realistic in setting immigration policy by seriously taking into account world and domestic conditions in perilous times.

To do otherwise is to consign our brains to the nearest trash can.

Harlan Wensel, Fort Worth



S savannahnow
Savannah Morning News


August 11, 2016

Stop issuing driver’s licenses to illegal immigrants

According to the AJC.com (Aug. 8) Governor Nathan Deal is issuing driver’s licenses to illegal (immigrants) - 2,753 in May and June alone. These do not include Prresident Obama’s DACA (illegal children brought by parents) illegal (immigrants).

When illegal (immigrants) get driver’s licenses they bring down the wages of Americans. How many young people in the Savannah metro area with low skills are unemployed? Fifteen to 20 years ago, young guys that didn’t finish school or were not going to college could easily get construction jobs and learn skills if they were willing to work hard. But that was before the illegal (immigrants) left the onion fields and took over construction with low wages.

Georgia has about 10 million people. It is estimated there are 400,000 illegal (immigrants) in the state. In response to an open records request, the Ga. DDL admitted that as of mid-2015 they had issued 15,000 drivers licenses to illegal (immigrants).

These driver’s licenses look just like yours. Illegal (immigrants) have voted in North Carolina using licenses like these. Do you want your vote diluted by illegal (immigrants)?

There are two political parties that want this to happen. Democrats want the votes, and establishment Republicans want the cheap labor.

Where does that put you, the working American?

With driver’s licenses, illegal (immigrants) can get employment benefits and other state and federal benefits.

Governor Deal doesn’t care how upset this makes you; he can’t run for re-election, but you can let your state representatives know what you think about it.





Torres not representing the right interests

Who does Rep. Norma Torres represent? Who does she work for? Members of the Congressional Central America Caucus, a group founded and led by Ms. Torres, recently met with the president of Honduras, Juan Orlando Hernandez. It was all to push a letter signed by Ms. Torres and 76 other Congress members requesting that President Obama grant temporary protected status to individuals from El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras who are fleeing their countries due to violence.

Interestingly, Ms. Torres recently held a gun violence community roundtable to “share ideas to address the growing gun violence epidemic.” The National Day of Action on Gun Violence Prevention was an idea formed and supported by the Democratic Party. She wants this topic to be handled as a vote on “common sense for widely supported legislation.”

Well, Ms. Torres, most Americans have had enough of lost American lives, law enforcement officers, plus businesses and communities being destroyed by thugs and terrorists. The legislation that is widely supported by American citizens and that is our national heritage is all based on the U.S. Constitution. Our Founding Fathers were brilliant men of vision and common sense, therefore any solution would have to be constitutionally based.

So Ms. Torres wants temporary protected status to more illegal immigrants? At the rate our country is declining it won’t be long before American citizens will have to request such an honor. Our Founding Fathers understood the danger of tyranny, that is why they presented the argument for the Second Amendment; it is our given right, nature’s God to protect ourselves. Americans have to protect themselves! Support the U.S. Constitution!

Lorena Masonis, Ontario



Herald Leader

Letters to the Editor

August 11, 2016

Liberalism lacks concern

Donald Trump’s wall seems to give Democrats a big laugh. So imagine how hard I laughed seeing the no-scale fence stretching nearly five miles around Hillary Clinton and the Democratic National Convention. Who did she need to keep out: illegal aliens, cops or maybe her husband’s old flames?

Our citizens along the southern U.S. border would love that kind of protection, but they have to fight for their land and their lives all by themselves.

Neither Clinton nor President Barack Obama has any concern or respect for our citizens.

When Obama strutted into the memorial for the murdered Dallas police officers, his priority was the two black men killed by policemen the week before. The memorialized officers had nothing to do with those two deaths. I was embarrassed. Who’s Obama gonna call when he needs help? Ghostbusters?

I’ve always known that liberalism is a form of mental illness. After eight years of Obama as president and four of Clinton as secretary of state, I’m positive I’m right.

Karen Hall




Letter to the Editor: Voters no longer accept status quo

Posted Aug. 10, 2016
Updated Aug 10, 2016

It was both amusing and insightful to read the Aug. 5 letter, "Where do Republicans draw the line?"

The writer covered issues of "foreign policy to international anxiety to national security" to highlight Donald Trump's "personality disorders and character flaws." Implicit in its content is the premise that our current politicians are doing an acceptable job dealing with these issues. This is exactly why Trump has gotten this far - we are sick and tired of &quoot;politics as usual."

We are frustrated with all the lies, corruption, and weakening of a great nation. We are angered when the government takes more of our hard-earned money and gives it to people who don't work. We are angered when more than 30,000 illegal aliens amass nearly 80,000 convictions, including 250 homicides, 186 kidnappings and 373 sexual assaults (2014 data), but are then released into the general public by the U.S Department of Homeland Security's Immigration and Customs Enforcement. We watch in disbelief when a presidential candidate continues illegal activities and is not punished. There are so many more examples, but I can't do it in less that 300 words.

Suffice to say Trump is not perfect. His "shoot from the hip" style is disconcerting, but the voters appreciate his candor and inability to be politically correct. He says what we feel and we, too, want a change to the status quo. His opponent will be just more of the same.




BattleCreek Inquirer


Letter: Immigrants already have path to legal status

Linda Huckfeldt, Letter To The Editor 12:07 a.m. EDT August 10, 2016

This is in response to the Aug. 4 story, “Immigrants help Boost Economy.” Just how do you think that’s going to happen?

The story, quoting the report, “The Contributions of New Americans in Michigan,” goes on to say that many of the 126,000 undocumented immigrants in Michigan should be made legal. Why? Undocumented means “illegal” - they are here illegally. If they want to stay, let them go through the process legally.

Undocumented immigrants take what jobs are out there for the Americans that need them. They buy our businesses, make money on them and send it overseas to their families. How is that helping “our” economy.

I don’t care what the White House says or Gov. Rick Snyder says, we do not have to have them in our country.

They are getting benefits that we earned. If anybody gets that money, it should be our veterans, not illegal aliens who come here to try to change our country to fit their needs.

Linda Huckfeldt



Lake News Online

READERS' MAILBAG: Trump's rise due to failed leadership

Editor's Note: This letter is in response to a Washington Post column by Michael Gerson entitled “It's not too late to repudiate” that ran in the Aug. 3 Lake Sun edition.

By Vicki Steadman,
Lake Ozark
Posted Aug. 10, 2016
Updated Aug 10, 2016

Michael Gerson (“It’s not too late to repudiate,” Lake Sun 8.3.16: A4), in a dudgeon over Donald Trump’s careless remarks, misses the pressing Constitutional crisis of our day: the lawlessness of our political leaders. Trump’s rise to presidential candidate is largely due to the failure of leadership in the executive, legislative and judicial branches of our national government. The men and women who occupy these positions swore an oath to preserve, protect and defend the U. S. Constitution. With increasing regularity, we see that oath shamefully disregarded. Personal and party preferences replace allegiance to the Constitution. These public servants have treated our constitutional republic, where we the people are the sovereigns, as their own personal fiefdom where they make the rules.

Take illegal immigration, Trump’s signature issue, as one example of our leadership’s flagrant lawlessness. Our Constitution is a social contract between the citizens of our country. Within that community, American citizens have equal rights, privileges and immunities, and, in order to preserve the character of the American regime, they also have the right to agree to the membership of individuals wanting to be a part of that community (see Hillsdale College’s online course Public Policy from a Constitutional Viewpoint, “Immigration”). To accomplish the latter, we enact immigration laws through elected representatives, which are then to be enforced by the elected executive. The failure of the President, with the complicity of Congress, to enforce the written law does indeed contribute to a change in national character. Moderation, respect for the rights of others and for one’s own rights, and courage to defend these rights when necessary are basic character traits required of citizens to maintain a self-governing republic like ours. The majority of the world’s people grow up under regimes that do not practice these values. Illegal, indiscriminate and unlimited immigration into our country from such regimes provides these people no incentive to practice new ways, assimilate and thrive. Most of them will remain unchanged, but our republic will not.

Mr. Gerson rightly acknowledges Abraham Lincoln and Martin Luther King, Jr., as admirable leaders. Alas, we are no longer in the time of Lincoln or King, both of whom fought their battles guided by the high principles in the Declaration of Independence within the framework of the Constitution, but we should expect no less of current leaders. Gerson rejects Trump as a presidential contender because he concludes from Trump’s remarks that he is racist and chauvinistic. I find that a most unreasonable conclusion given that for over forty years Trump has been a highly successful businessman in the quintessential cosmopolitan city. Many of the policies he supports would actually be good for the nation. On the other hand, Trump’s opponent has proved lawless, dishonest and unfaithful in her discharge of high public office. No contest. Trump was not my pick in the primaries, but he has my vote now.




Op-ed about immigrants never mentions the word 'illegal': Letters to the Editor

By Letters to the editor The Oregonian
on August 10, 2016 at 3:20 PM

Where's the word 'illegal'?: In her response to Cynthia Kendoll's Aug. 2 opinion piece, Nancy Haque never acknowledges the all-important adjective, "illegal." Instead, Haque extols the achievements of her parents, herself and her siblings, none of whom entered this country illegally. It would seem that, despite her master's degree, the co-executive director of Basic Rights Oregon could use a refresher course in basic reading skills.

Gary Miranda
Southeast Portland




Khan used as pawn by Democrats

August 8, 2016, 8:38 AM

I watched the Democratic National Convention and heard the commentary by Mr. Khan, who criticized and tried to demonize Donald Trump for his perspective on illegal immigration.

This, of course, was Mr. Khan's right to do so. I think, however, Mr. Khan dishonored his war hero son by trying to leverage him into the fray on immigration.

If I had a family member lost to radical Islamic terrorists, I certainly would not advocate the mass invasion of people coming from countries that host and support terrorists into our country.

Mr. Khan, in my opinion, was and continues to let himself be a pawn in the Democratic Party's agenda.

Louis Lutterschmidt




Letter: At least Trump hasn't killed anyone

By By Jay Sandt  August 8, 2016

I write with a few comments about the recent letter to the editor from Larry Larsen, who says Trump is like Harry Potters' Dementors characters that suck the happiness out of a person. Interesting analogy because at least Trump hasn't killed anyone like the four people in Libya, stood idly by when they asked for a rescue, then blamed it on a movie being made in the U.S., only to later rescind the comments, and then finally say, 'What difference does it make?" when questioned by Congress.

I have to ask if Trump supposedly sucks the life out of someone, how much more vile is a person that actually allows people to be murdered while they idly sit by? These are the facts, and maybe before going to the ballot box, as Larry says, he and others that think Hillary is a better candidate, should stop reading fantasy novels and find out some of the vile and villainous things that she has done in her 30 plus years of politics.

At least Trump doesn't have blood on his hands, he hires people from all races and genders�especially woman, wants law and ordder to be brought back in by ensuring cops aren't killed in the streets, protect the borders of the country, ensures all religious freedoms are equally protected, ensures immigration policies are adhered to and people are vetted correctly, better trade that benefits USA and not other countries, and stops giving hundreds of millions of dollars to other countries that hate America - no matter what the reason.

Sandt lives in Moorhead.



The Gazette


By: Letters August 7, 2016

Lights, cameras, action - spin

Newspapers, TV and radio bombard citizens with opinions. At the DNC convention, Khizr Mazzam Khan made great press to report that his son, a Muslim, was killed fighting for the U.S. Donald Trump rose to the bait and made a poor choice to be critical.

Gazette readers might appreciate these facts: The son died June 8, 2004, but Khan chose 2016 to complain on national TV. Khan is a lawyer specializing in immigration law to help Muslims enter the U.S. He is part of the Journal for Muslim Minority Affairs, where an editor is Syed Zainul Abedin, curiously the father of Huma Abedin, whom we all know as Hillary Clinton's private secretary and wife of the famous and sometimes overexposed New York Democratic congressman Anthony Weiner. Oh what a tangled web we weave, when first we practice to deceive! - Sir Walter Scott (1771-1832)

Jack Flobeck
Colorado Springs




LETTER: Trump puts spotlight on uncomfortable facts

August 7, 2016

It is unfortunate that the DNC used their recent convention as an opportunity to conveniently package the grief and pain of the Khan family into an elaborate audio-visual display in order to portray Donald Trump as an anti-Muslim zealot. Mr. Khan used his right of free expression to accuse Donald Trump of not having read the Constitution, and to disdainfully state that Trump has sacrificed "nothing." Yet when Trump used his right of free expression to respond to Mr. Khan's accusations and motives, he was accused of grossly disrespecting a Gold Star family.

No rational American would ever question Captain Khan's heroism, or the entitlement of his parents to the respect and gratitude of our nation. The Khan family in every sense of word best reflects what makes this nation great. That being said, what was overlooked was the fact that Trump has never advocated the removal or deportation of legitimate U.S. citizens, be they Muslim, Mexican or otherwise.

Speaking as someone who has also shed blood for this country, I would remind Mr. Khan that the Sixth Amendment of the Constitution also gives each citizen the right to confront their accuser, which is what Trump did. The bluntness of Trump's speech can sometimes make people cringe, but he puts a spotlight on uncomfortable facts about both illegal immigration and terrorism. If these facts are ignored, the "dark and dismal" future the Democrats accuse Trump of painting may very well become a self-fulfilling actuality.

Bruce R. Meigs



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Letter to the Editor: DNC filled with fraud, deception

Saturday, August 6, 2016

Dear Editor:

The 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia was the most blatantly offensive display of fraud and deception I have witnessed since the Watergate cover-up.

First, promoting illegal aliens to plead their case as law violators to the assembly and millions via commercial television was an insult to any and all Americans who have earned the privilege of citizenship. Gee, if I robbed a bank, would these DNC organizers let me explain my case to those delegates? Ha. Ha. Ha.

Then, the mother of a felon who assaulted a police officer and paid the ultimate price for it was dragged before delegates to blab on about justice and sympathy for her cause (whatever that was). Totally offensive to the sensibilities and respect of ANY American who has obeyed laws of society and those who enforce it.

I predict this November election will be loaded with fraud, especially after that fool Attorney General, Loretta Lynch, initiated federal suits against 16 states that passed voter ID requirements prior to the 2016 primaries. Here again, another case of rigged democracy.

Now I understand why Bernie Sanders and his pledged delegates were so mad before AND after the Wasserman emails were revealed.

The Democratic Party has become a party of unruly Bolsheviks who demand government to do for Americans what we would do better, much better, for ourselves at any cost.

Such a sad, pathetic chapter in the political life of this country.

Jeff Griffith




August 6, 2016

Stop the political correctness

The July 25 article about Border Patrol Agent Anthony Anderson’s act of bravery is commendable but bears correction.

“Immigrants” enter the United States through ports of entry by presenting passports and visas and are then lawfully admitted to reside permanently in the U.S. while maintaining their immigrant status.

Enough of the political correctness! Anderson didn’t rescue “immigrants.” The people rescued were aliens attempting to violate federal law by entering the U.S. illegally, a crime punishable by six months in prison for the first offense and up to two or more years for subsequent violations.

Kudos to the agent for his courage.

Doug Sullivan



Idaho Statesman

August 5, 2016 7:26 PM

Laraway letter: Quoting Scripture

Regarding July 26 letter from Connie Grover titled “Quoting Scripture.”

Ms. Grover fails to comprehend the fundamental differences between the Quran and the Bible. It is true that some Old Testament passages describe brutal treatment of nonbelievers, but this is nonprescriptive. Christ urged his followers to obey the Golden Rule and to love their neighbors and even their enemies, whereas Muhammad admonished Muslims to follow his example, including the subjugation and forced conversion or killing of the Kuffar (unbelievers). Since Muhammad was considered to be the Perfect Man, the last and the greatest of the prophets, it is the duty of every Muslim to emulate him as closely as possible.

It is no wonder that nearly all the acts of terrorism today are being conducted by followers of Muhammad, and are being waged against men, women and children. The reward for pious terrorist martyrs is 72 virgins and 24 young boys in heaven, and this “reward” is a powerful motivation for devout Muslims.

European countries are rapidly experiencing greater attacks by Muslim radicals and the U.S. isn’t far behind. It is imperative that all non-Muslim countries strictly “vet” all immigrants from Muslim nations to assure they will accept the countries’ laws.

Melvin R. Laraway, Boise




LETTER TO THE EDITOR: We are on the road to oppression

Dear Editor, August 5, 2016

How does a nation that loves freedom get to this point?

First the country must be willing to let its rights and freedoms be dictated by a government and some of its people who say they both only want the best for all of our citizens.

Some of our people for decades now have been working to gain control of our legal rights and freedoms. This has not just happened over night.

While we were asleep at the switch, most of our newspapers and other media have been acquired by people who are against the things that have helped to make our country great. To me, this is like the Russian newspaper Pravada that tells its citizens what to do and how to think. In other words, mindless people who follow the Russian government rules without any disobedience. Are we nearing or at this point yet?

Hillary Clinton and some of her people have been slipping into their speeches of how guns will be controlled. Controlled my foot, for if she and others like her are elected, they will make it so hard to have a firearm that we will not be able to have a slingshot. We can see now how many states and their politicians have banned guns and /or parts so that their legal gun owners can not legally own them. They suggest banning guns will do away with crimes and/or murders. I say show us the proof. Not only should Republicans be afraid, but Democrats and others should be also.

Think about this: These people do nothing or very little to rid gangs of guns. They only want to mess with the legal citizens. Why do they fear legal citizens? Is it because we will obey their illegal and stupid laws that will do away with our rights and freedoms if we will let them and the gangs and illegals will not obey their laws?

In some countries where the government has taken away freedoms, liberties and peoples rights are being enforced by their military, their law enforcement and other agencies. The people have one of two things to do. The first is to become the pawns who mindlessly follow their governmental rules. The second is to rebel against all of the people who want to oppress them. When governmental officials oppress the people, all government officials, law enforcement agencies and the military and their families will become the enemies of the state. If or when this happens, they will be fair game for repercussion.

We are following the road that many of other countries have taken, so I ask you which road do you want to follow before it is too late?



Janice Dysinger

Aguirre and church sanctuary: I find the story of Salvadoran national Francisco Aguirre most insulting as a Christian. This illegal immigrant is just using the church as a way to escape the punishment he deserves. He is not being persecuted because of religious beliefs. He is being persecuted because he broke our immigration and drug laws. The people are putting their children at risk being in the presence of a man who associates with drug smuggling and breaking the law. Would they do the same thing for Americans who abuse our laws? I think not.

Just because this man has a different set of officers coming after him, they say it's OK.

The Bible does not support this behavior. What are they thinking? Problem is, they are not.

Gary Miranda

Where's the word 'illegal'?: In her response to Cynthia Kendoll's Aug. 2 opinion piece, Nancy Haque never acknowledges the all-important adjective, "illegal." Instead, Haque extols the achievements of her parents, herself and her siblings, none of whom entered this country illegally. It would seem that, despite her master's degree, the co-executive director of Basic Rights Oregon could use a refresher course in basic reading skills.

Gary Miranda
Southeast Portland

Cynthia Kendoll
The Oregonian

Last summer in San Francisco, Kate Steinle was shot dead by Juan Francisco Lopez-Sanchez, an illegal immigrant who had been deported five times. Steinle's murder sparked bills in the U.S. Senate that aimed to stiffen penalties on previously-deported illegal immigrants and de-fund the "sanctuary cities" that protect illegal immigrants from deportation.

...Oregon Senators. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley joined other Senate Democrats to kill those bills. Disturbingly, their vote came barely a week after Oregon's own Kate Steinle-type tragedy: On June 27, Bonifacio Oseguera-Gonzalez, an illegal immigrant who had been deported six times, was arrested for allegedly shooting and killing three people and critically wounding a fourth in Woodburn.

The Senate's vote was but one of many federal government decisions and policies that ensure the continued presence of countless illegal-immigrant criminals....

As it does for the nation at large, illegal-immigrant crime bedevils Oregon.... almost half — some 47 percent — were in for rape and other sex crimes. Eight percent were in for assault, almost six percent for robbery, and some 11 percent for drug offenses. A shocking 14 percent were serving time for homicide.

Comes, then, the question: Given our federal government's dereliction of responsibility, what can be done at the state level to limit illegal immigrants' crimes against Oregonians?

The best way to stop illegal-immigrant crime is to prevent it. And the best way to prevent it is to dissuade illegal immigrants from coming to Oregon...

First, they should reject any new attempt to give illegal immigrants the driving privileges...

Second, they should mandate that Oregon employers vet their new hires' legal U.S. presence through the federal E-Verify system...

Third, they should pass a law to deny illegal immigrants most non-emergency state services.

And last, they should repeal Oregon Revised Statute 181.850, a de facto "sanctuary" law that presumes to limit state and local law-enforcement agencies' efforts to help apprehend illegal immigrants.

Two weeks ago, as a delegate to the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, I listened to heartrending speeches by parents of Americans murdered by illegal immigrants. And I heard Donald Trump promise, if elected, to protect his fellow citizens from illegal-immigrant crime via a restored, robust enforcement of immigration law.

Oregon's elected officials must do their part, as well. Illegal-immigrant crime is preventable ...

Cynthia Kendoll of Salem is president of Oregonians for Immigration Reform. Last month, she served as an at-large Oregon delegate to the Republican National Convention.

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