Enforcing law is not anti-immigrant

Letter date: 
Thursday, May 11, 2017
Letter publisher: 
The Register-Guard
Letter author: 
Jerry Ritter
Letter body: 

For two days in a row (May 9 and 10) The Register Guard’s editors have referred to “anti-immigrant sentiment” that supposedly propelled Donald Trump to the presidency. Why do the media, most of them left-leaning, insist on labeling as “anti-immigrant” those who want our nation’s laws enforced?

Unlike these media, most Americans get the difference between legal and illegal immigration. We saw this even in deep blue Oregon when voters, by a 2-to-1 margin in November 2014, overturned the Oregon Legislature’s ill-advised bill giving driver cards to illegal immigrants. But Oregonians in general can hardly be accused of being “anti-immigrant.”

What do you think would happen if Oregon’s status as a sanctuary state were put to a vote? The Legislature has a pretty good idea. That’s why every illegal immigrant support bill since the driver card fiasco has included a bogus “emergency” clause solely to prevent the voters from taking the same action.

I agree that “no human being is illegal.” However, some of them commit unlawful acts, including those who cross our borders illegally. Those of us who want our nation’s laws enforced are not “anti-immigrant” but are demonized by the left nonetheless.