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.

Rich Lowry

As a defender of the nation's borders, President Barack Obama is a hell of a pool player.

The president enjoyed a game at a bar in Denver with Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper the other day...

....as one would expect of a president who didn't have any depressing visits to frightened ranchers, overwhelmed border agents or desperate migrants on his future itinerary...

The White House brushes off criticism that Obama is avoiding the border as mere "optics," in contrast to its highly substantive focus. But it is still not taking the crisis seriously.

Republicans in Congress should crumple up the president's border request in a ball and start over...

The nearly $4 billion the president is requesting for the border is not fundamentally about enforcement that will reverse and end the tide, but about managing the influx.

A devastating critique of the request by the Center for Immigration Studies notes that about half of the money goes to the Department of Health and Human Services "for acquisition, construction, improvement, repair, operation, and maintenance of real property and facilities." The enforcement portion of the request, according to CIS, "is not truly geared toward removal," but instead to "recouping costs for temporary detention and subsequent transporting of aliens."...

Of course, even if such a bill were to pass and to be signed into law, that'd be no guarantee that the president of the United States would enforce it. That speaks to an entirely different man-caused disaster.


Jerry Pappe
Herald and News

The Supreme Court slapped down President Obama again — for the 13th time. One was a 9 to 0 decision on recess appointments. There is no doubt that Obama has violated the Constitution numerous times in his nearly six years as President.

Since the president claims to be a Constitutional “scholar,” why does he always get it wrong? If he isn’t intentionally violating the Constitution, he is so frequently at variance with SCOTUS, is he a dummy?

The argument that President Obama is making it clear: If Congress doesn’t act on what he wants done, whether it’s constitutional or not, he is going to do it, and anyone who questions him or stands in his way be damned. Can you say, “dictator”?

The hypocrisy of Obama drips from his statements. Consider: “The majority of the American people want to see immigration reform done.” False, the majority of Americans don’t want an influx of undocumented non-Americans to overwhelm our nation, burden already bankrupt tax-payer funded social services, flood the public school system, and then vote to change American ideals.

Obama on Monday, promising to use more executive orders like the one that launched this invasion, his Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, who directed Immigration officials to grant work permits to at least 560,000 younger illegals between June 2012 and late 2013. Border officials expect roughly 200,000 Central Americans will cross the border between October 2013 and October 2014. And, wouldn’t you know it; Obama says that this influx of illegal children caught him by surprise!

Obama is a radical ideologue hell-bent on destroying America. It’s in his psyche. He’s been waiting for the day that he can turn the dreams of his father into our nightmare!

Jerry Pappe

Sprague River


Charles Krauthammer

WASHINGTON -- As is his wont, President Obama is treating the border crisis -- more than 50,000 unaccompanied children crossing illegally -- as a public relations problem. Where to photo op and where not. He still hasn't enunciated a policy. He may not even have one.

Will these immigrants be allowed to stay? Seven times was Obama's homeland security secretary asked this on "Meet the Press." Seven times he danced around the question.

Presidential press secretary Josh Earnest was ostensibly more forthcoming: "It's unlikely that most of those kids will qualify for humanitarian relief. ... They will be sent back." ...

One thing is certain. When the first convoys begin rolling from town to town across Central America, the influx will stop....

The new variable is Obama's unilateral (and lawless) June 2012 order essentially legalizing hundreds of thousands of illegal immigrants who came here as children.

Message received in Central America...

Alternatively, Obama blames the crisis on Republicans for failing to pass comprehensive immigration reform.

More nonsense...

It happens that I support immigration reform. I support amnesty...

Which begins with completing the fencing along the Mexican frontier...

But a fence is for the long term. For the immediate crisis, the answer is equally, blindingly clear: Eliminate the Central American exception and enforce the law.

It must happen. The nightmare will continue until it does. The only question is: How long until Obama is forced to do the obvious?


Karen Heuberger
Statesman Journal

On Oct. 31, 2008, Barack Obama said, “we are five days away from fundamentally transforming the United States of America.”

The scandal of ignoring border enforcement, refusing to enforce immigration laws, using executive orders to circumvent the legislative process and signaling an amnesty for illegal immigrants who can arrive here is fundamentally transforming our republic. Illegal immigrants annually cost taxpayers $100 billion and the recent invasion of illegal children increases costs.

Obama is quickly dispersing these unknown, often ill children throughout our country. (Although since Obama takes years to ponder the Keystone XL pipeline with no decision – until after the 2014 election – at least he is capable of quick action.) Soon “family” will be found for these unaccompanied minors.

Suddenly we’ll have scores more of uneducated, illiterate, unskilled people lining up for welfare state benefits (also known as undocumented Democrats-in-waiting).

Obama deserves a “Mission Accomplished” banner photo-op. He has fundamentally transformed America.

Karen Heuberger



Jack Cox

Crossing into the U.S. illegally is not immigration. You are then called an illegal alien. At this point you are violating federal laws. Then to apply for free stuff with false information is another law broken. Then to get a job using a false or stolen Social Security card is another broken law. It seems to me the IRS and SS do not care much, as long as the get their money. Do employers of illegals submit all taxes and SS? Who knows?

It just seems to me that the illegal alien problem would be easily solved by just making it too expensive to be caught employing one. No jobs for illegals, there would be no reason to come here.

Maybe if we stop making it easy to get free benefits in this country, the legal folks would be more willing to take a job. This country needs to stop rewarding people for bad behavior and help the people who want to improve their lot in life.

Jack Cox, Millersburg

Donna Stanley

Regarding "Obama asks Congress for $3.7 billion to deal with kids illegally crossing U.S. border" (OregonLive.com, July 8):...Whatever happened to taking care of our own first?

Donna Stanley

Southeast Portland


The Register Guard

Over the patriotic Fourth of July weekend my thoughts turned to our immigration problem. God bless the residents of Murrieta, Calif., for turning back the three U.S. Border Patrol buses loaded with illegal children from other countries who are bringing unwanted diseases into my country.

Where are their families? Not here. We have enough problems with starving children in the United States. Please send them back to their own countries.

There’s a valued U.S. marine who unfortunately made a wrong turn in San Ysidro, Calif., and entered Mexico. He’s been in their awful jail for more than three months. What has our government done to seek his release while they allow illegal children to enter our country freely? The president’s priorities are backward.

Last month a 28-year-old Oregonian and his girlfriend went to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, on vacation. He suffered a medical condition while in the water and was hospitalized.

To get him better medical care in the United States, his family had to pay Mexico $50,000 to get him airlifted to San Diego, where he’s in a coma.


Alberto Arce And Marcos Aleman
The Register Guard

SAN JOSE, Costa Rica — United Nations officials are pushing for many of the Central Americans fleeing to the U.S. to be treated as refugees displaced by armed conflict, a designation meant to increase pressure on the United States and Mexico to accept tens of thousands of people currently ineligible for asylum...

While such a resolution would lack any legal weight in the United States, the agency said it believes "the U.S. and Mexico should recognize that this is a refugee situation, which implies that they shouldn't be automatically sent to their home countries but rather receive international protection."...

Many Congressional Republicans attribute the increased immigration to a failure to secure the border and recent immigration policy changes that led many to believe child migrants would be allowed to stay...

Many of the migrants, in fact, stay for years as their cases wend through overloaded migration courts. Those who say they are fleeing criminal violence generally are not eligible for political asylum, which is reserved for groups persecuted for their beliefs or identities....

Violence by criminal organizations spread in recent decades after members of California street gangs were deported to Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador, where they overwhelmed weak and corrupt police forces and seized control of large sections of the countries...


James P. Carrick

Our president has threatened executive action to deal with the current crisis on our southern border. Great. I have a simple, effective suggestion: Seal the southern border.

The President has the power and legal authority to use the National Guard to that end. If we have the resources to care for these “refugees” we have the resources to build and patrol the fences this will require. Where fences can’t be utilized we have a Coast Guard and Navy that can seal off the Rio Grande. Easily. All it requires is the political will and some courage. What does the President have to lose? He can’t be re-elected.

The President would get little or no opposition from conservatives, and it must be a first step before any further immigration reform or “amnesty” can even be considered. Failure to seal this border will only lead to an escalation of the problems we see there now and further compromise our national security in countless ways.

The cost to do this, what ever it is, is minuscule in comparison to the costs of humanitarian assistance required to take care of these people flooding our border, regardless of the status one chooses to confer upon them. The cost of doing nothing is incalculable.

Additionally, with the threat of terrorism increasing daily, this should be a higher priority than ever. The president’s claim that the border is “more secure than ever” is ridiculous. The proof of that can be seen on television on every network, every day. How stupid does the president think we are?

It is well within our ability to protect our sovereignty and seal the southern border, and if the president is serious about anything, it should be this.

James P. Carrick


Rich Lowry

It's hard to imagine a more apt summation of the lunatic state of the nation's immigration debate than the split screen over the past week.

In Washington, most respectable opinion lined up, yet again, to condemn Republicans...

...the crisis on the Southern border continued. A massive influx of people -- largely driven by Central Americans, many of them children...

A Wall Street Journal story about the White House reaction to the crisis was headlined "Obama Plans Executive Action to Bolster Border Security," which has a man-bites-dog feel...

A leaked memo from a high-ranking Border Patrol official said that only 3 percent of non-Mexicans apprehended at the border are being returned to their native countries.

"It will not be open arms," Vice President Joe Biden thundered in Guatemala City ...

The administration is waving the families and children into the United States, dispersing them around the country, and giving them a date ...

Experience says only about a quarter of illegal immigrants released pending a court date will actually show up...

...According to Jessica Vaughan of the Center for Immigration Studies, there are roughly 800,000 aliens who have been ordered removed but are still here.

...The key to reversing the tide is enforcement, and not just at the border...

For the left, and its fellow-travelers in the business community and on the libertarian right, there is only one side of the split screen that matters. It's always amnesty.