Oregon governor needs to brush up on her civics and history

Letter date: 
Monday, June 5, 2017
Letter publisher: 
Statesman Journal
Letter author: 
Elizabeth Van Staaveren
Letter body: 

Oregon’s Gov. Kate Brown and Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum have apparently never learned the basics of civics or history. They don’t seem to understand that Oregon is not a nation; it’s part of the United States.

The United States is a nation ruled under federal laws that apply to all states. One primary duty of a nation is to protect its citizens by controlling which and how many citizens of other countries may enter it. This is done through immigration laws that require official inspection of all persons entering the country. Those who sneak in without inspection or overstay their visas are here illegally.

Through HB-3464, a bill to “protect privacy” of undocumented immigrants , Gov. Brown and AG Rosenbaum defy federal law. They are pushing for an end to limits of any kind on immigration. But a nation cannot exist with open borders. Already due to excessive immigration, population has grown beyond environmental carrying capacity, and many people have died in terrorist attacks made easy by poor immigration controls.

State officials and legislators should be thinking about what is best for the residents of this state and citizens of our country, and stop trying to dismantle federal immigration laws that are good and necessary.