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THE MORNING CALL

Terrorists could hide among immigrants

October 26, 2016

m responding to a letter to the editor ("America should welcome Syrian refugees"). It's not the same situation as it was 40 or 50 years ago. You have criminals or terrorists that could make it here.

I went to school with Syrians and got along great with them, but I'm sure they would agree to not bringing all these people here not knowing who they really are. The crime rate will go up for sure, as will taxes to support them. Remember, if Hillary Clinton wins, we won't be able to protect ourselves from any criminal.

Russ Crouthamel
Northampton

http://www.mcall.com/opinion/letters/mc-syrian-refugees-clinton-guns-crouthamel-20161026-story.html

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Mail Tribune

Wednesday - Oct 26, 2016

Make America great again

Without secure borders we do not have a nation. Our immigration system has collapsed. We have no idea who's in our country.

America is awash in drugs from Mexican cartels. The cost of that poison to society is staggering. Many inner cities are battle zones between rival gangs for control of cartel drug profits. Innocent African American families fear the brunt of that violence. This must stop.

Sanctuary cities are an affront to the rule of law. In my opinion, for every illegal alien we allow housing, we increase the risk of leaving an American veteran to sleep under a bridge, eating out of a garbage can. This must stop.

Donald Trump promises to secure our borders, end sanctuary cities and fight the drug cartels. That won't end the problem, but it’s a start. I believe Donald Trump’s promise; Make America great again!

Doug Dusenberry
Gold Hill

http://www.mailtribune.com/opinion/20161026/letters-to-editor-oct-26


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PENSACOLA
News Journal
PART OF THE USA TODAY NETWORK

October 25, 2016

If Hillary wins, it’s all your fault

If Hillary wins, and you voted for her. Don't complain about:

Higher taxes. The explosion of crime, especially in the inner city. New terrorist attacks on Americans at home and abroad. The flow of illegal aliens, drugs and terrorists across our unprotected borders. The deluge of unvetted refugees introduced into our country.

Being unemployed. Health insurance too expensive to provide for you and your family. The further decay of America's infrastructure. Losing the right to be armed to protect those you love.

The continued attack on Christianity at home and abroad. Continued out of control spending increasing the national debt and weakening our economy. Our military weakened to the point that protection of our country and it's citizens is no longer possible. The continued erosion of respect other countries have for America.

The continued "in your face" corruption that is the trademark of Clinton politics. The increasing lack of trust in our political leaders, our judicial system, the FBI and the U. S. media. The takeover of our country by Muslim extremists.

Before it's too late, VOTE TRUMP! SAVE OUR COUNTRY!!!!

— Gregory Smith, Pensacola

http://www.pnj.com/story/opinion/2016/10/25/letters-jerry-springer-election-supervisor/92729326/

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Aiken Standard

Letter: Donald Trump puts America first

Oct 25 2016

I support Donald Trump because of his common sense position on how to fix our economy.

Illegal immigration is bad for jobs, higher taxes are bad for jobs, more regulation is bad for jobs, Obamacare is bad for jobs, corruption is bad for jobs, crony capitalism is bad for jobs, bad trade deals are bad for jobs, a breakdown in law and order is bad for jobs, open borders are bad for jobs and runaway debt is bad for jobs.

In fact, there is not a single Clinton policy that is good for jobs.

A Trump administration will cut taxes which is good for jobs, will seal the border which is good for jobs, will deport illegal immigrants which is good for jobs, will restore law and order which is good for jobs, will improve trade deals which is good for jobs, will reduce regulation which is good for jobs, will stop beltway corruption which is good for jobs and will repeal Obamacare which is good for jobs.

In fact, every Donald Trump policy is good for jobs.

Cutting the corporate tax rate will create more jobs allowing people to earn money, cutting income tax rates will allow people to keep more of the money they earn which will create wealth.

That is why many financial planners say the Trump economic plan will create jobs and wealth.

Donald Trump’s domestic priority is to secure our borders, thoroughly vet any immigrant applications, and reinstate law and order from the lowest illegal border crosser to the Secretary of State Clinton’s pay-to-play corruption. Yes, he will build the wall.

Donald Trump is going to redistribute wealth and power from the beltway to main street, Clinton is going to continue to concentrate wealth and power among her Beltway cronies in Washington, D.C.

Donald Trump will put America first.

Dora Bush
Aiken

http://www.aikenstandard.com/article/20161025/AIK0203/161029736


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The Modesto Bee

October 25, 2016

David J. Silva: Immersing kids in English works better than failed Prop 58

Here we go again! We are going to vote on teaching children in their native language. Even The Modesto Bee is in favor of Proposition 58. We have been down this road before and it didn’t work. What makes you think it will work now?

This is the perfect example of Einstein’s definition of insanity, doing the same over and over and expecting a different outcome. For many years, children who did not speak English (including my parents) entered school and after one year were able to read, write and speak English. It never occurred to them that they should be taught in their native language. When we switched to teaching them in their own language, it often took four years to accomplish the same thing.

Is this going to apply to all children, or just Hispanics? If a Chinese child comes to school, are we going to provide a classroom and teacher for that child? If I moved to Mexico with a child, would they be taught in English? I think not. This is just another example of people who think they should not be expected to adapt to us, but we should adapt to them.

David J. Silva, Los Banos

http://www.modbee.com/opinion/letters-to-the-editor/article110352142.html

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Sun Journal

Clinton will let in terrorists

October 25, 2016

A 22-year-old Syrian refugee was recently arrested in Germany. Homemade explosives were found in his apartment. They were intended for use in a terrorist act.

Hillary Clinton supports letting tens of thousands of Syrian refugees into the United States. How many terrorists will be among those refugees? How many will come in as innocent young people who might later become radicalized?

Clinton doesn't have the answers, but she is willing to gamble with the lives of Americans.

In Germany, many people now regret the country's immigration policies. America should learn by observing Germany's problems.

So far, the U.S. has been attacked by radical Islam's JV team. I believe the "varsity" is on the way and that Clinton's policies will open the door for them.

I cannot vote for Clinton.

Mike Lapointe, Canton

http://www.sunjournal.com/news/letters/2016/10/25/clinton-will-let-terrorists/2015515

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Lodi News-Sentinel
lodinews.com

Letters: If you want change, vote for Trump

October 25, 2016

Editor: In 2012, Romney blew a chance to beat Obama. Republicans took over Congress with promises of real change, tax reform, border security, immigration reform, etc. Once in office, they joined the “establishment,” doing nothing but milking the American public and caving to Obama’s budget without a whimper. No wonder Americans are angry.

When campaigning started, at least 16 Republicans vied for the nomination. All were asked to take a pledge supporting the eventual nominee. Trump refused the pledge, took heavy criticism, and finally took it, and now that he’s the nominee, some have gone back on the very pledge they demanded he take, and many in leadership positions are actively sabotaging him. What a bunch of hypocrites! They’re so busy fighting their own people’s nominee, there’s a real chance a totally corrupt politician may become our next leader, and they will have only themselves to blame.

WikiLeaks released so much damaging info about Hillary, I can’t believe she’s still running. Her whole State Department is corrupt including her underling, Pat Kennedy, who tried to bribe FBI agents into reclassifying damaging emails that will probably never see daylight. There’s proof Obama knew all along she was using a private server thought he denied it. It’s been reported FBI morale is low because Clinton was let off by Comey. What a shame! America only loses with Hillary as president.

If you really want higher taxes and totally open borders, then vote for her, but if you want change give Trump a chance.

Sonia F. Glick
Lockeford

http://www.lodinews.com/opinion/letters/article_af87a194-9ad3-11e6-997f-7b36cd9bc8cd.html

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Argus Leader

PART OF THE USA TODAY NETWORK

Freedoms would be lost under Clinton

Adrienne Hartman, Sioux Falls October 24, 2016

We can’t listen to the mainstream media. They are in the tank for Hillary Clinton. There have been many lies coming out against Donald Trump. The story of the nine women coming forth against Trump has been totally fabricated. At the time of this writing, already two people have come out against two of the women and proven the story to be totally false. I am expecting more people to come forth with the real truth about Trump. Many who have known him for many years paint an entirely different picture about him than the media. He has gone out of his way to help people over the years and is spoken about as an honest man of integrity. Here are the things Trump stands for:

•Religious liberty.

A sovereign nation.

•Protection for the unborn.

A Supreme Court who will interpret the law strictly according to the U.S. Constitution.

Protected borders so illegal drugs and illegal aliens can’t keep pouring through.

•Lower taxes.

•Encouraging businesses to stay here by lowering the corporate income tax and other taxes.

•Allowing fracking and drilling of oil, along with coal mining, so we can become energy independent.

•Protect the Constitution, including the First and Second Amendments.

•Allowing the people to make decisions for their own lives, instead of the government dictating how they should live.

Here is what Hillary stands for:

Allowing over 500 percent of unvetted refugees to come in from Syria, which could put our country in grave danger. ISIS has been known to infiltrate the refugees and the FBI has warned against this.

Appointing Supreme Court Justices who wouldn’t follow the Constitution, but instead would rewrite it.

Hillary’s emails have exposed many things, proving she has lied and that she is in bed with big corporations. She is for a “One World Order,” where we could lose our sovereignty. That would mean we would be under the UN law and no longer our own. Our Constitution would be totally shredded.

Please, read and think about these things if you are planning to pull the lever for Hillary Clinton.

http://www.argusleader.com/story/opinion/readers/2016/10/24/letter-freedoms-lost-clinton/92696096/

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SJ Statesman Journal
PART OF THE USA TODAY NETWORK

Trump is no saint, but he’ll help US

October 24, 2016

It’s hard to imagine the disgust of having to hear and see Ms. Clinton for four to eight years if she is elected since we’ve been forced to see and hear her in her maniacal quest for power for the last 35 years.

Trump may be crude in his expressions and conduct, but we are not electing a Sunday School teacher. We need a president who will stand up for America, protect our borders, start the process of reducing our national debt, select Supreme Court justices who will support the Constitution and give our police and military a real leader and commander-in-chief they can respect.

Who can better address our problems? A creature of the past who will continue to enable the decline of America or a person who loves America without reservation, defends western culture and who has created thousands of jobs? I’m for the person who owns and pays for his own jet instead of the one who’s flown at taxpayers’ expense.

To take care of America, I urge a vote for Trump. Our country is ready for a woman president, but when that happens, let’s elect one worthy of the office.

Joe W. Much
Salem

http://www.statesmanjournal.com/story/opinion/readers/2016/10/24/trump-saint-help-us/92679988/

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Capital Gazette

OCTOBER 24, 2016

Deportation program

I am in 100 percent agreement with Del. Tony McConkey (The Capital, Oct. 18) regarding the need for Anne Arundel County (and all other Maryland counties, for that matter) to continue to lease space to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement for the detention of criminal aliens subject to deportation.

All states should support the federal government in the enforcement of immigration laws. That means leasing detention space, honoring ICE's detainers and providing any other support possible to protect the lives and welfare of citizens and residents of this state and country.

We should stop allowing politics and special-interest groups to wrongfully interfere with the proper leadership and administration of government.

We can and should continue to be a state that welcomes legal immigrants — the key word is "legal." Accommodating illegal aliens, especially those who committed crimes, puts our safety at risk and discourages compliance with the law. That will only bring more illegal aliens and more risks.

DON CROCETTI
Arnold

http://www.capitalgazette.com/opinion/letters/ph-ac-ce-letters-1024-20161024-story.html

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YakimaHerald..COM
A   DAILY   PART   OF   YOUR   LIFE

What’s really at stake in presidential election

Laurel Krueger Yakima October 24, 2016] 15 hrs ago

To the editor — There is more at stake in this election than the personalities or moral flaws of either Trump or Clinton. Not voting or feeling morally superior by voting for a third party represents neutrality against someone as corrupt and lawbreaking as Ms. Clinton, and ignores the failures of many current Democratic policies.

Clinton’s record is one that favors personal power and wealth at the expense of American freedoms and liberties: $48 million in unvetted foreign contributions to the Clinton Foundation, sale of America’s uranium to the Russians, sale of missile/satellite technology to China, nuclearization of Iran, illegal use of FBI files and the IRS to destroy political adversaries, using an unsecured server for classified emails, allowing security lapses in Benghazi resulting in murder.

Clinton is a centralized power statist — more government, fewer individual rights: single payer heath care, federally mandated Common Core education, proposed appointment of constitutional revisionists to the Supreme Court, blocking energy independence, favoring new spending ($1.4 trillion) and new taxing ($1.2 trillion). She supports open borders, proposes a 550 percent increase in unvetted refugees, plans to add millions of illegal immigrants.

A candidate’s moral flaws are reprehensible, but a third party protest vote or a Clinton vote invites self-destruction.

http://www.yakimaherald.com/opinion/letters_to_editor/what-s-really-at-stake-in-presidential-election/article_0c11d5a6-97c8-11e6-b6b0-2fde16539607.html

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philly.com

DN letters: Trump has battled obstacles since his campaign began

October 24, 2016

I THOUGHT I was at the age and point of my life that nothing could really surprise me anymore, but I was wrong.

The obstacles and uphill battles that Donald Trump has faced and is still facing is unbelievable.

Here's a man who did not have to run for president and leave his wonderful life and waste his money but he chose to in order to save our country from the mess and danger that the Obama administration has put us in.

From the day he threw his hat in the ring, he has had battle after battle. He is up against professional politicians; Democratic, Republican and independent parties and, most of all, the media, and won the nomination.

Since then, every day he is never given a chance to give his views or solutions for all of the major life-changing issues happening in our country. Everyone wants to make this a character/tax return type of election.

I don't care about what he said to another man or how crude and vulgar his language is. He was not running for president, was not secretary of state, was not a senator or congressman.

What I do care about is that Hillary Clinton has been in public service for 30 years but has done absolutely nothing but harm us.

Here's a woman who deleted thousands of emails. If you or I would have done 1 percent of what she has done in her crooked political career, we would be sitting in jail.

She and this administration put our country in grave danger, allowing foreign enemies and terrorist to grow stronger under their watch. They have not secured our borders and want to bring more illegal foreigners into our country.

I hope and pray America gets it right this time on Election Day.

Janice Di Joseph

Philadelphia

http://www.philly.com/philly/opinion/letters/20161024_Letters__DN_Letters__Trump_has_battled_obstacles_since_his_campaign_began.html


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Orlando Sentinel

Consequences of illegal immigration: Economy, schools, health: Letters

October 24, 2016

Beyond illegal immigration

Regarding Scott Maxwell's Oct. 16 column about the rhetoric during this campaign on illegal immigration ("Florida shows immigration rhetoric is simply talk"): I think this issue is important because it affects so many other issues — the economy, education, health care, etc.

It seems that when a candidate or a member of the electorate brings up this issue and the need to enforce immigration laws, he or she is automatically labeled a xenophobe or a racist. Maxwell wrote, "Quite simply, fewer people would be enticed to enter the country illegally if there wasn't a payday waiting for them." Using E-Verify and enforcing other laws seem like practical approaches to deal with a real problem. It is understandably alarming for many constituents when they hear that a candidate is supportive of open borders.

I wouldn't label Maxwell a xenophobe for simply writing about illegal immigration and the idea of using E-Verify. And people shouldn't assume that those who want to deal with illegal immigration in our nation are ipso facto xenophobic. It's more likely that they're concerned about the consequences of illegal immigration on our economy, educational systems and health care.

Melanie Kutz Orlando

http://www.orlandosentinel.com/opinion/

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Tehachapi News

Letter to the editor: Young has misread Donald Trump

October 23, 2016

I respectfully submit this letter in response to the letter submitted by Sam Young.

I, first, would like to applaud Young and his family for surviving unimaginable horrors that they endured during the time of Hitler. This would have a tremendous impact throughout their lives.

However, I believe that he has misread Donald Trump and the man’s desire to bring our country back to the wonderful, proud, country that was envisioned by our forefathers when they wrote the Constitution and Bill of Rights. This country is at political/economic/moral/and social crossroads which must be addressed if we are to survive as an independent, strong, moral society. Our faith, our family structure and our cohesiveness as a nation are under attack.

Our government has gotten too big and too intrusive. The government today is directed by political cartels (including both Republicans and Democrats) that focus only on self-interest, a desire for power and accumulating more wealth with a total disregard for the people who elected them. The cartels truly believe that we, the people of this country, are too stupid to know what is best for ourselves.

I am a Christian and try to lead my life as Jesus would want me to. I embrace and support all peoples who are trying to make a living honestly. There are many hardworking people in our community and we all try and help each other as best we can. Maybe God is trying to tell us something important — that now is not the time for a “nice Christian guy” or a “gentleman” or a typical Republican powder puff. Maybe now is the time for a natural born killer, a ruthless fighter, a warrior. Maybe God understands we need a “war leader” at this moment in time — not more of the same. The United States of America needs a miracle, and I believe Trump is our miracle. No one is saying Trump is perfect or a perfect conservative. But he is a patriot, a warrior, a capitalist, and I believe the right man at the right time.

I think that you are mistaken about his position on immigration and his position on Muslims and Hispanics — immigrants. He is not a racist — he believes in all of our citizens regardless of race/religion. His employment practices and his association with all people in different countries speak for themselves. What he has emphasized is that we need to protect our citizens first and foremost We are a nation built from immigrants who came to this country to work hard and assimilate into our country and become citizens, proud of their origins, but proud also of their new home. They did not come with the intention of “changing” the USA to become more like the country they came from. We have immigration laws that must be followed.

Massive illegal entries into our country are costing us billions and stealing the benefits of our society from all our legal residents. Trump has never said that all immigrants, Hispanic or Muslim, are bad, but has stated that we need to stop the movement until we can put procedures in place to weed out the radical, lawless elements that are crowding in from our borders.

Too much of our national media are contributors and supporters of Obama and the Clintons which cause information released to the public to be very biased. Please take the time to do more investigation on your own, so that you can put your fears to rest.

Lynn Wolfe, Tehachapi

http://www.tehachapinews.com/opinion/letter-to-the-editor-young-has-misread-donald-trump/article_757265be-8fe5-11e6-ab81-931d61bb199f.html

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Martinsville Bulletin

October 23, 2016

The justice system is broken

The headline on a story way back on page A7 of the Bulletin caught my eye, and of course caused me to wonder out loud how an illegal immigrant (excuse me, an undocumented migrant) could be found guilty of carnally knowing a 13-14 year old girl, and may be deported. May be deported? What does it take for our judicial system to perform their sworn duties as judges and prosecutors when dealing with illegal, unlawful, criminal, offenders. Here is the case of a 21 year old self-admitted illegal immigrant committing statutory rape of a young child, under the age of 13 or 14 years old, and all he gets for both counts of rape is 11 months in prison, and he registers as a sex offender in Virginia. That is outrageous and illegal on merit. He may be deported? Why register as a child molester in Virginia if he may be deported? Will he be deported, will he become a US citizen while serving eleven months in a U.S. prison? Where is the moral outrage, where are the mothers and fathers of children in the Commonwealth to find justice and protection from illegal predators who walk willy-nilly over our unsecured borders every day? And God forbid we should want a wall on our southern borders, then we become bigots or hate mongers. How long America, before we wake up and demand protection, safety and security that our elected officials have denied us for years? The Constitution was written for citizens of this country, now it is being used to protect criminal immigrants from deportation. Build the wall, build the wall, build the wall. Think about US citizens’ rights for a change.

James Thomas
Bassett

http://www.martinsvillebulletin.com/opinion/letters-to-the-editor-for-oct/article_5eaa45ed-7783-5b4c-9daa-2fd1c4cb2bd0.html

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Reporter-Herald
Letters to the Editor

Letter: Make America a beacon of freedom again

10/22/2016

A important election is about to take place. It will affect you, your children and your grandchildren.

Will they grow up in a free country, able to enjoy their god given and constitutional rights, or will they live under the oppression of corrupt professional politicians who will erode their rights and subvert the constitution in order to gain power and control, while enriching themselves? Will they grow up where freedom and the promise of equal opportunity allows them to achieve their dreams or, will they live in some government created socialist cesspool, where their income, health care and even future is determined by career politicians determined to deliver equal outcomes?

Do we want a leader who wants a strong military and takes care of our veterans? Do we want more of what we have now, politicians that will not give our military the resources it needs, disrespects our soldiers and do not provide the job opportunities and health care they earned protecting our country? Do you want a country where it takes longer for a veteran to see a doctor than it does for a person who refuses to work to get a free cell phone and food stamps?

Do you want a strong, growing economy with low taxes that creates unlimited opportunity for our kids? Should we flood our country with illegal immigrants and refugees who have no intention of assimilating into American culture, then raise taxes on working Americans to support the huge burden they will put on our health care and educational systems? Do you really want the wealthy ruling class in Washington to stay in power by legalizing this permanent underclass of people, then offering them endless government benefits? It's all up to you!

Vote, make America a great place for your kids to grow up.

Albert Belden
Loveland

http://www.reporterherald.com/opinion/letters/ci_30497666/letter-make-america-beacon-freedom-again

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Daily Press

10-23-16

By Contributed content

Still Trump!

Notwithstanding the latest revelation regarding Donald Trump's despicable behavior surrounding women, he still remains the best hope we have in turning our country around.

Knowing now about Hillary Clinton's true intentions about open borders, free trade, unvetted immigrants, and postering two different faces with public vs. private communications only solidifies the fact that four years with her at the helm would only mirror the last seven and a half years of Obama's failed economy. Therefore, it's still Trump!

William Cash

Victorville

http://www.vvdailypress.com/opinion/20161022/letters-to-editor-10-23-16

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Daily Herald
10/22/2016

What we will get

With Hillary Clinton, we know what we will get. Four years of selling the White House bedrooms, pay for play, inadequate national security, hysterical outbursts and throwing lamps at Bill when he misbehaves, ultraliberal supreme court judges, taxpayer funding of late term abortion, multitudes of unvetted immigrants, a weak military, and probably Kaine as President when she collapses.

With Donald Trump we get care and respect for our veterans, border guards and police, jobs for all including legal Hispanics and blacks, a strong military, lower taxes for middle class, constitutional supreme court judges, proper vetting of immigrants, removal of illegal aliens who have been convicted of violent crimes, strong national security, business conducted for the good of the people instead of payback to donors, respect for religious beliefs, a safe, wealthy, strong and great America.

Is there really any doubt about a choice?

Anita Elbe
Winfield

http://www.dailyherald.com/article/20161022/discuss/161029553/

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Green Bay Press-Gazette
PART OF THE USA TODAY NETWORK

October 22, 2016

Stark differences between candidates

A lot of people are unhappy with both the Democrat and Republican candidates for president. If so, then you as a voter need to decide what issues are important to you in this election. You need to vote on the issues.

1. Are you happy with Obamacare? Many people are experiencing skyrocketing premium increases. Many people can’t choose their own doctor. Hillary wants to throw more money at a broken system. Donald wants to create a new and better health care system.

2. Are you worried about mass numbers of unvetted immigrants entering our country? Experts tell us that terrorists are already infiltrating these refugee groups. Trump promises extreme vetting and stopping mass immigrations. Clinton wants to increase immigration. She also wants open borders.

3. Are you happy with our current domestic economy? The globalization of our economy has left millions without jobs and ninety million people who have given up looking for jobs. Huge corporations thrive while small businesses are dying. With Hillary we are promised more of the same! Trump says he will stop or limit globalization. With Trump, there is hope for change!

If you are happy with the way things are, vote Clinton. If you want change and a new non-political direction, vote Trump.

Clemens and Kay Hedeen
Sturgeon Bay

http://www.greenbaypressgazette.com/story/news/local/door-co/opinion/2016/10/22/letters-oct/92579310/

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Miami Herald

October 22, 2016

Debate in English

Did anyone else have a problem with the mayoral debate of the fourth largest county in the U.S. being conducted in a foreign language?

The candidates were rated more on their Spanish grammar than on the issues. And not even a follow-up in English.

I speak Spanish, and embrace the culture and heritage. However, we all know the strength of America is its diversified base, assimilated into common beliefs and language.

The outrage of this foreign language debate is unfortunately encouraging a “country within a country,” frustrating our assimilation.

Sure we know the majority of Miamians are now Hispanic. However, many also speak English, their adopted country’s language.

This slippery slope will give oxygen to the movement of “will the last American to leave Miami please take the flag.”

To be further enlightened on this subject, read George J. Borjas' book, “We Wanted Workers,” which speaks to our poor immigration policy creating “immigrant enclaves” with little pressure to adapt.

Let us not be a separate colony scorned by the rest of the country, but rather a shining example of true American integration of cultures.

Esteban Ferguson,
Miami Beach

http://www.miamiherald.com/opinion/letters-to-the-editor/article109816437.html

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SJ Statesman Journal
PART OF THE USA TODAY NETWORK

Look at the big picture and vote appropriately

October 21, 2016

Wouldn’t it be nice to get back to discussing the important issues, fixing the broken economy and creating jobs for Americans?

One presidential candidate is pro abortion; one is not. Abortion is now the leading cause of death in America.

One candidate supports the Second Amendment and the other does not.

One candidate supports judges following the Constitution; the other does not.

One candidate is for securing America’s borders; the other is for open borders like France and Germany.

One candidate is for rebuilding our military; the other has been rather silent on supporting a strong military to protect America and help our allies.

One candidate is for helping our veterans; the other has ignored the problem.

I’ve listed these few, but there are many more.

I urge you to not be distracted by all the hyperbole, especially in a broken media. Educate yourself on the issues and vote.

It’s your constitutional duty. Why? Too many brave men and women fought and died to give you this freedom. Don’t take it lightly or throw it away.

Freedom is not free. It must be protected at all costs.

Gary L. Best
Independence

http://www.statesmanjournal.com/story/opinion/readers/2016/10/21/look-big-picture-vote-appropriately/92533668/

Letter author:
David Olen Cross
Letter publisher:
OregonLive.com
Date of letter:
Thursday, October 27, 2016
Letter body:

Donald J. Trump in his campaign for President of the United States of America has identified illegal immigration and the crimes committed by illegal immigrants as significant problems facing our country. Trump has an immigration plan centered on national security and public safety.

Any concerned citizen voter who wants to validate Trump's stand on illegal immigrant crime can simply go to the U.S. Federal Bureau of Prisons inmates statistics website and add up the most recent numbers on inmate citizenship that indicate 42,401 prisoners in the federal prison system were foreign nationals, that's over 22.0 percent of federal prison population. In the federal prison system there were 28,264 Mexican nationals incarcerated, they were 66.7 percent of the foreign nationals in federal prisons.

The U.S. Federal Bureau of Prisons breaks down the federal prison population into 13 types of offenses: Federal prisons had 15,990 inmates, 8.8 percent, incarcerated for immigration crimes.

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has two components, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) that are at the forefront of enforcing federal immigration law.

Two groups, the National Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Council, the union of ICE officers, and the National Border Patrol Council, the union of CBP Agents, have endorsed Donald J. Trump for President of the United States of America.

David Olen Cross of Salem writes on immigration issues and foreign national crime. He is a weekly guest on the Lars Larson Northwest Show. He can be reached at docfnc@yahoo.com or at http://docfnc.wordpress.com/

Letter author:
various
Letter publisher:
various
Date of letter:
Sunday, October 23, 2016
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SunHerald

October 22, 2016

Choose wisely on Election Day

I am disgusted with the way the news media has reported this presidential election period. Major news networks have trounced Donald Trump and built up Hillary Clinton at every chance they’ve had to do so.

I am not saying that Mr. Trump is without faults. We all know he has had a loose mouth and has made mistakes. However, words are one thing and deeds are another. If you think classified emails are a “what difference does it make” matter, then you are dead wrong.

I am going to the voting booth in November and I am going to vote for who I believe is the best person to represent my country in the highest office of the land. I am voting in the hopes of having a fix to the terrible foreign policy mess we are in, the shattered economy and the illegal immigrant situation, which is draining our already maxed-out taxpayer funds.

If we do not make the right choice this time around, I seriously believe we are witnessing the last years of our country as we’ve known it. I believe I am making the right decision and with God’s help, it will be the right one.

Dick Vermeulen
Ocean Springs

http://www.sunherald.com/opinion/letters-to-the-editor/article109425282.html

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Lubbock Avalanche-Journal
lubbockoline.com
2014 TAPME NEWSPAPER OF THE YEAR


Leeson: A letter to my kids: Why Dad's voting for Trump

Posted: October 22, 2016

By Jay Leeson
For the Avalanche-Journal

DEAR KIDS,

I write this for you to read as adults, in an America that has been profoundly shaped by the outcome of the 2016 presidential election.

I’ll vote for Donald Trump.

Given the controversy of the man and his candidacy, I feel obligated to explain this vote and the context in which it’s being cast.

TRUMP’S NOMINATION didn’t happen in a vacuum. Rather, it’s the culmination of middle class economic disappointment within the GOP.

Median household income has dropped $4,000 when adjusted for inflation over the last 20 years. You’re being raised in a place with an average household income of $46,500.

The average life expectancy of a white woman without a high school degree has dropped by a staggering five years within the last two decades.

Some 65 percent of white blue-collar workers say hard work is no guarantee of success in today’s economy, according to Pew Research.

The point here is not race, Mom and I raised you to be colorblind. The point is that a significant portion of the socially conservative middle class, the GOP’s most significant voter bloc, is proving the entire demographic has been under-represented.

Enter Donald Trump.

IF YOU drew two overlapping circles and labeled one Social Loss, one Economic Loss and the overlap The Border, you’d have Trump’s platform.

In the time you’ve gone from diapers to Cub Scout and Brownie uniforms, a long-coming cultural haboob has dusted heterogeneity all throughout a somewhat homogenous society.

Black Lives Matter, LGBTQ, Occupy Wall Street, transgender restrooms, etc. Some may agree with or be indifferent to these issues respectively. But taken cumulatively in a short span of time, there’s a sense of disorientation, of loss.

In the midst of social haze, the U.S. economy has shifted toward globalization and global trade deals, often controlled by foreign interests and unelected business titans.

Look no further than cotton. Trade deals have allowed the Chinese government to sit on 51 million bales of cotton (and therefore average world price ceilings) while, simultaneously, obliging a Brazilian demand to cut safety nets from under our cotton producers.

Cotton is an annual $4 billion industry within a 100-mile radius of where you’re growing up. And all across the country, there are industries struggling just like cotton.

The border is Trump’s signature issue. For in describing lax immigration standards and the dangers of open borders, he forcefully asks a question many have asked themselves socially and economically: “Are we going to have a country or not?”

This platform earned Trump a record number of GOP primary votes. I anticipate Trump’s base, these working class GOP voters, will be a force in American politics into your adulthood.

DESPITE ALL of this, I’m still troubled by Trump.

Growing up, I was practically adopted into a Hispanic family — and I’ve thought of them as Trump made disparaging remarks about people of Mexican descent.

There’d be spankings if any of you spoke about women the way that he has.

I can understand why some friends refuse to vote for him.

But kids, politics is messy. It isn’t as much a pleasant backyard barbecue with cocktails as it’s a butchering process — as 2016 has proven.

With three or four Supreme Court justices and dozens of federal judicial appointments on the line, here’s my perspective:

Cover one of your eyes with one hand, then hold your other thumb up to the other eye. Now move the thumb out 12 inches at a time until fully extended. The thumb is Trump’s offenses and allegations, the backdrop is Hillary Clinton’s record (thus far).

The American ethicist Reinhold Niebuhr called democracy the practice of finding proximate solutions to insoluable problems.

In the practice of voting for Trump, I’m more much offended by the growingly insoluable problems in rural and middle class America than anything the most proximate solution has said.

I love my little Americans,

Dad

JAY LEESON can be heard on KRFE AM 580’s West Texas Drive weekdays from 4:30-6:30 p.m. He is also founder and editor of MakeWestTexasGreatAgain.com. Follow him on Twitter at @jayleeson.

http://lubbockonline.com/editorials/2016-10-22/leeson-letter-my-kids-why-dads-voting-trump#

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theeagle.com
Bryan-College Station, Texas

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Election letters deadline

All letters concerning the Nov. 8 election must reach The Eagle by 5 p.m. on Oct. 28. All political letters that meet Eagle requirements will run by Nov. 3.

Policies matter more than gender in the White House

If I was a woman I would be very excited to vote for a woman. It is truly historic.

However, other than gender, what else do you have in common with Hillary?

• Are you married to a former president?

• Have you made a quarter billion in the past 10 years off the backs of the taxpayers and pay-for-play corruption?

• Do you think it is good that the Clinton Foundation received $140 million after paving the way for the Russians to own 20 percent of our uranium?

• Do you want to pay higher taxes?

• Are you for open borders and illegal immigration?

• Are you for an onslaught of refugees?

• Are you for more regulation?

• Are you for more companies leaving the country?

• Are you for higher trade deficits?

• Do you pick the Black Lives Movement over law enforcement?

• Are you against Second Amendment rights?

• Are you for late-term abortion?

• Do you want a liberal Supreme Court?

• Are you for Common Core?

• Are you against school choice?

• Are you for a weaker military?

• Do you not recognize terrorists as radical Islamic terrorists?

• Do you want even slower growth in the U.S. economy due to higher taxes and the Trans Pacific Partnership.

• Do you want Obamacare to continue and to be expanded?

• Do you not want to see the trillions of dollars sitting off shore come back into the country to rebuild infrastructure, build factories, etc.?

• Do you not want energy independence and to remain at the mercy of the Middle East and their oil?

I answered no to those questions. Did you?

I have nothing against a woman being president. It's the policies that matter, not the gender.

The power is in your hands. The future of the country and your children's future is in your hands.

RICK JAMISON

College Station

http://www.theeagle.com/opinion/letters_to_the_editor/letters-for-october/article_ab291161-d53b-545b-8f67-dda63674e3ba.html

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Dispatch Argus
QCOnline.com

Letter: Screen refugees to ensure they're no threat to U.S.

October 22, 2016

 Hillary Clinton states that it is a "right" for immigrants and refugees to come into our country. This is inaccurate and not a true statement. It is a privilege and an honor.

The U.S. government admits individuals only after a thorough screening abroad to ensure they meet the legal definition of a refugee and they in no way pose a national security or health threat to the U.S.

It is critical that only those refugees who believe in our Constitution, embrace American values, a tolerant American society, and expect to flourish in our country will be considered for a visa. They must not sympathize with extremist groups or support bigotry.

The Democratic Party platform encourages an open door policy. The Republican platform opposes any form of amnesty for those who have entered illegally and cannot be carefully vetted, specifically those whose homelands have been a breeding ground for terrorism.

Hillary Clinton said on May 16, 2013, "Let's bring 600 million Southern Hemisphere immigrants to America." This would include many undesirables, convicts, drug lords and their cartels and others.

Clinton also states we need to bring into this country 117,000 immigrants in 2017 (550 percent increase).

Terror related deaths in the United States have risen 800 percent since 2010 Obama/Clinton foreign policy has encouraged the rise of terrorism according to former Clinton adviser Dick Morris.

John Kirby, administration state department official, recently stated, "We are not performing an adequate task of vetting immigrants."

It is obvious from that a change in Washington is greatly needed.

Dr. Ken Heinze,

Milan

http://www.qconline.com/opinion/letters/letter-screen-refugees-to-ensure-they-re-no-threat-to/article_e7622aa8-dbd1-55a3-92a4-e4a88e701f3c.html

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THE Times
nwi.com

Trump won't hurt country as Clinton will

Betty Flisiak, Valparaiso October 21, 2016

To anyone willing to vote for Hillary Clinton, ask yourself these questions: Do you want another 100,000-plus unvetted Middle East immigrants in this country that the Obama Administration is supporting? All the while, we are being told Social Security and Medicare are in trouble.

Do you want this country to have open borders and a weaker military? Do you want this country to be energy dependent on the Middle East?

Do you want the Supreme Court filled with her choices? Do you want Christianity to be persecuted more than it is now? The list goes on and on.

Remember, Congress doesn't matter when there is executive orders. Donald Trump may not be perfect, but he certainly will not hurt this country like she will.

Betty Flisiak, Valparaiso

The Fresno Bee

http://www.nwitimes.com/news/opinion/mailbag/trump-won-t-hurt-country-as-clinton-will/article_ffb87992-afed-551d-8aed-eee84a391d75.html

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October 21, 2016 4:35 PM

Respect our nation’s foundations

As usual we have two “politico parties” to choose from in the coming election, which continue to fail to serve “we the people!”

What I am seeing tells me that the Democratic Party couldn’t care less about Hillary’s disregard of her oath of office and stance on control of illegal immigration. Would you leave the doors to your house open so anybody could come in and help themselves to everything in your house? Yes, there is a difference between “legal and illegal.”

Real Republicans out there can see that the Republican Party has been filled with “RINOS” (Republicans in Name Only), who along with the Democrat politicos, have disregarded their oaths of office to serve we the people and that’s why Trump – not a part of the establishment in Washington – has gained more confidence from we the people.

Look at our paper and coin money. They all say “In God We Trust.” Shouldn’t that call us all back to respect our nation’s foundations?

Victor Sweet, Fresno

http://www.fresnobee.com/opinion/letters-to-the-editor/article109281182.html

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The Jackson Sun

PART OF THE USA TODAY NETWORK

Students mock mom whose son was killed

JOE GUZZARDI 3:56 p.m. CDT October 21, 2016

When Sabine Durden accepted an invitation from the Bruin Republicans at the University of California Los Angeles to discuss illegal immigration with a campus-wide audience, she anticipated hostility. But since Durden’s talk would focus specifically on the tragic vehicular homicide death of her son, Dominic, and perpetrated by an immigrant living here illegally, she hoped to touch a few hearts.

In 2012, a drunk Guatemalan named Juan Zacarias Tzun smashed his truck into Dominic’s motorcycle as he drove to work in Moreno Valley, Calif. Dominic died instantly. Tzun, then 33 and with a long rap sheet that included arrests for felony armed robbery and two prior DUIs, pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge — vehicular manslaughter without gross negligence — but spent only 35 days in jail. In March 2014, and after two years of Durden’s persistent pressure, Tzun was deported to Guatemala.

Durden expected to tell her story uninterrupted. Instead, a student in the audience hummed loudly, banged on his desk while others stridently laughed as Durden spoke. Despite efforts from the Republican organizers to silence the crowd and undeterred by the presence of campus police officers, the noise continued unabated. “Dom’s Mom,” as Durden is proud to be called, said she felt disrespected, but was determined to continue speaking.

During the question and answer period, the students showed Durden no compassion, and demonstrated little understanding or concern of how illegal immigration can lead to crimes that often have fatal consequences. One student charged Durden with anti-immigrant racism, but she countered that people like Tzun are not immigrants, and that by definition their presence in the United States is unlawful. Durden is a legal immigrant from Germany who became a U.S. citizen in 1993.

Another student challenged Durden about the injustice of separating families through deportation. Durden replied that deported illegal immigrant families have a choice to return home together. But Durden’s family was forever separated by a preventable death. When the event ended, students blocked the exit, and to protect her, the police escorted Durden out the back and through an alley to her car.

I spoke with Durden a few days after the UCLA debacle, and she said that the young, inexperienced, easily influenced students have much to learn about life, and that she will pray that none of their loved ones are ever murdered. Durden doesn’t wish that pain even on those who belittled her.

Youth is no excuse for rude behavior, especially from university students who preach, but don’t practice, tolerance. But Durden is no stranger to crass conduct. Last year, when Durden along with other victims’ families, testified to a Senate Judiciary Committee, she noticed several senators sleeping or texting. According to Durden, however, the senators’ indifference to the heartbreaking stories they heard pales in comparison to President Obama’s callousness. Although Obama routinely invites illegal immigrants to celebrate with him at White House events, he has steadfastly refused to visit with Durden or others whose lives have been permanently altered because of his unwillingness to enforce immigration laws.

Now, four years after Dom’s murder, the Department of Homeland Security admitted this week that illegal immigration has soared 23 percent since last year. The strong probability is that criminals like Tzun are among them.

Joe Guzzardi’s column distributed by Cagle Cartoons newspaper syndicate. Contact him at: joeguzzardi@capsweb.org

http://www.jacksonsun.com/story/opinion/columnists/2016/10/21/students-mock-mom-whose-son-killed/92427604/

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The Modesto Bee

October 21, 2016

Lisa Hawkins: Supreme Court enough reason to vote for Trump

I am voting for the appointee to the Supreme Court that will be made by our next president. With the aging Supreme Court justices there could be as many as four appointments made by this next leader. With the average time served being 26 years, it will affect our country for many years to come.

I am voting for someone who holds the Constitution as a cornerstone for decisions, most directly protecting our 1st Amendment right of religious freedoms and the 2nd Amendment right to keep and bear arms, both of which are under siege by the Democratic candidate.

I am voting to stop illegal immigrants with criminal backgrounds from coming into our country. I am voting to restore our military powers with the proper resources needed and back them in times of conflict.

The Republican candidate is far from a perfect man, as were many others before him. It is clear the other candidate has broken the law many times and has used her political career to become wealthy, taken money from foreign leaders for what “quid pro quo” we do not know.

There has never been a more important election. Government of the people, by the people, for the people.

Lisa Hawkins, Waterford

http://www.modbee.com/opinion/letters-to-the-editor/article109654997.html

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The Bulletin
Serving Central Oregon since 1903

Letters to the Editor

Oct 21, 2016

Enforcement groups support Trump

Donald Trump, in his campaign for president of the United States of America, has identified illegal immigration and the crimes committed by illegal immigrants as significant problems facing our country. Trump has a 10-point immigration plan centered on national security and public safety that includes building a border wall, removing criminal aliens and ending sanctuary cities.

Any concerned citizen voter who wants to validate Trump’s stand on illegal immigrant crime can simply go to the U.S. Federal Bureau of Prisons inmates statistics website and add up the most recent numbers on inmate citizenship that indicate 42,401 prisoners in the federal prison system were foreign nationals; that’s over 22 percent of federal prison population. In the federal prison system there were 28,264 Mexican nationals incarcerated; they were 66.7 percent of the foreign nationals in federal prisons.

The U.S. Federal Bureau of Prisons breaks down the federal prison population into 13 types of offenses. Federal prisons had 15,990 inmates, 8.8 percent, incarcerated for immigration crimes.

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has two components, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and U.S. Customs and Border Protection that are at the forefront of enforcing federal immigration law.

Two groups, the National Immigration and Customs Enforcement Council, the union of ICE officers, and the National Border Patrol Council, the union of CBP Agents, have endorsed Donald Trump for president of the United States of America.

David Olen Cross
Salem

http://www.bendbulletin.com/opinion/4747859-151/letters-to-the-editor?referrer=bullet3

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Union-Bulletin.com

A prediction of what Clinton presidency will bring

Victor R. Phillips [October 20, 2016] 4 hrs ago

It is the season of political mudslinging. Accusations are flying back and forth between the campaigns like two bears fighting over a sow.

The Democrats are dredging up accusations against Donald Trump late in the campaign without time to fully investigate their accuracy. They did this to John McCain and Mitt Romney, allegations that later were proved to be false.

This affects the campaign by obfuscating the issues on which Hillary Clinton does not have a leg to stand on.

Here are my predictions of what a Hillary Clinton presidency would bring.

1. Religious liberty would continue to be eaten away. Eventually, pastors and Catholic priests will go to jail for preaching politically incorrect sermons.

2. Islamic Jihadist attacks will increase exponentially. The FBI already has 900 investigations of Islamic Jihadists underway. Hillary Clinton will allow more refugees from Syria and other Middle Eastern countries into the country. Islamic Jihadists will mingle among those refugees. The FBI will be overwhelmed with investigations for which they do not have enough agents.

3. Clinton’s open border policy will allow a flood of illegal immigrants into the U.S. They will take jobs away from natural born U.S. citizens and legal immigrants. Because of not having to have voter ID cards they will be able to vote in elections. Of course, the Democrats want this because they expect them to vote democratic.

4. The Affordable Care Act will merge into universal health care which is what the Democrats have wanted all along. We will have a health care system like Canada where patients have been known to wait five days in emergency facilities for treatment.

Victor R. Phillips
Walla Walla

http://www.union-bulletin.com/opinion/letters_to_editor/a-prediction-of-what-clinton-presidency-will-bring/article_ef7ccb40-970d-11e6-9caa-d3c5511094b6.html

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The Augusta Chronicle

Trump is the best choice

By Dora Bush
Aiken, S.C.
Thursday, Oct. 20, 2016

I support Donald Trump because of his commonsense position on how to fix our economy. Illegal immigration is bad for jobs; higher taxes are bad for jobs; more regulation is bad for jobs; Obamacare is bad for jobs; corruption is bad for jobs; crony capitalism is bad for jobs; bad trade deals are bad for jobs; a breakdown in law and order is bad for jobs; open borders are bad for jobs; and runaway debt is bad for jobs. In fact, there is not a single Hillary Clinton policy that is good for jobs.

A Trump administration will cut taxes, which is good for jobs; will seal the border, which is good for jobs; will deport illegal immigrants, which is good for jobs; will restore law and order, which is good for jobs; will improve trade deals, which is good for jobs; will reduce regulation, which is good for jobs; will stop Beltway corruption, which is good for jobs; and will repeal Obamacare, which is good for jobs. In fact, every Trump policy is good for jobs.

Cutting the corporate tax rate will create more jobs, allowing people to earn money. Cutting income tax rates will allow people to keep more of the money they earn, which will create wealth. Many financial planners say the Trump economic plan will create jobs and wealth.

Trump’s domestic priority is to secure our borders; thoroughly vet immigrant applications; and reinstate law and order from the lowest illegal border crosser to Clinton’s pay-to-play corruption. Yes, he will build the wall.

Trump is going to redistribute wealth and power from the Beltway to Main Street, Clinton is going to continue to concentrate wealth and power among her Beltway cronies in Washington, D.C.

Donald Trump will put America first.

Dora Bush
Aiken, S.C.

http://chronicle.augusta.com/opinion/letters/2016-10-20/trump-best-choice
 

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Journa Express
Knoxville & Marion County’s Hometown Paper Since 1855

Letter to the Editor: Trump supporter

October 20, 2016

To the Editor:

I did not support Donald Trump in the January caucuses, but Trump made two good moves after that. His lists of potential nominees to the Supreme Court were superb, and his choice of Gov. Mike Pence as his running mate was a home run.

My priorities for this election include maintaining the integrity of justice through conservative appointments to U.S. Courts, protecting religious people's rights to live out their faith in daily life, increasing economic prosperity, combating terrorism at home and abroad, and controlling America's borders. I don't know if Trump will always do right by my priorities, but I'm certain that Hillary Clinton will make wrong choices on every one of the.

Do Trump's 11-year-old comments about women change the analysis? No.

If Trump will advance the policies America needs – and Clinton will not – then Trump is still the right choice, because elections are about the future, not the past. Trump's failings come from the past and from his private life. Clinton's scandals are both long past and recent, and many come from her public service – Benghazi, mishandling classified material, and her (and Bill's) enrichment from insider connections. She has proven how untrustworthy she is.

This is a critical contrast; when Trump was confronted with his past comments, he said they were wrong and apologized for them. Clinton continued to lie about her scandals until her lies were exposed as ridiculous. Then she brushed off the issues, as if they were insignificant. Clinton does not take full responsibility for her misdeeds.

My last point is made to you readers who are Christian. We know that on Judgment Day, all will stand before Christ to give account of what we said and did in life. That will include how we voted. Presidents need political parties to help them govern, so parties and their platforms do matter. The Republican Party has strived – sometimes ineptly – to stand for the values of Judeo-Christianity. The Democratic Party, though, has chosen to champion murder (abortion), sexual immorality (gay rights), idolatry (extreme environmentalism), robbery (over-taxation) and lawlessness (illegal immigration). Please consider this before you vote for Democrats or sit out this election.

Lyle Horman

Pella

http://www.journalexpress.net/opinion/letter-to-the-editor-trump-supporter/article_4c1cc828-96d2-11e6-ae66-97dd01318781.html

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GreenvilleOnline

PART OF THE USA TODAY NETWORK

Letter: Trump is the only choice to lead

The Greenville News 1:02 a.m. EDT October 20, 2016

This election is a matter of extreme importance! What is at stake? This is a battle for the soul of our country. The elites of our country are desperately trying to hold on to the power and money. These are ones who led to the rich getting richer and the poor getting poorer and the middle class gradually disappearing. Here is one man, Donald Trump, a man with flaws, but an outsider who is standing against the system.

Who opposes him?: Hillary Clinton (one of the most corrupt candidates ever), the Democrat party, the elites of the Republican Party, almost all the media, most millionaires, left-wing Hollywood and never-Trumpers who would sacrifice our country to hold their narrow positions. We vote nationally every two years and nothing really changes except to get worse.

The next president will appoint a number of Supreme Court justices. Do we want our country to continue going downhill with bad trade deals, increasing illegal immigration, losing our guns, a more-weakened military, ISIS attacks continuing and explained away, taxes raised, Obamacare continued, companies given more regulations, a continuing loss of worldwide respect for our country, etc.?

Take a stand!! Vote for the one person able to change the rotten system. Donald Trump, a businessman, is not controlled by the elites.

Stuart Latimer

Taylors

http://www.greenvilleonline.com/story/opinion/readers/2016/10/20/letter-trump-only-choice-lead/92005722/

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SN StarNews
O N L I N E

LETTERS, Oct. 19: Immigrants costing Americans too much

Wednesday - Oct 19, 2016

Curb immigration

The Pew Research Center projects this country’s population will increase to 441 million by 2065. This is an increase of 117 million people, and immigrants and their children will make up 88 percent of this boom in population.

Immigrants have children at higher rates than people born in the U.S. So slowing immigration would not only benefit current citizens, but also immigrants that are waiting to become citizens.

This country cannot keep taking immigrants at its current level either legally or illegally. The costs associated with housing, education, medical and infrastructure will overburden the current people living in this United States to the point that nobody can afford the taxes necessary to keep the current influx of people entering this country.

If we limit immigration to a responsible level then future generations can hopefully enjoy a prosperous future no matter their national origin in this the United States of America.

To this point it appears only Donald Trump wants to limit immigration and has said so. If nothing else this issue should make you look at what Hillary Clinton wants to do to this country.

Don't say the rich will pay for the costs of this population boom, because they won't; it will be every tax paying person in this country.

So even if you don’t like Trump, think what the costs of this will be to your pocketbook in the coming years as housing, medical, education and welfare cost skyrocket.

Terry Shew, Wilmington

http://www.starnewsonline.com/opinion/20161019/letters-oct-19-immigrants-costing-americans-too-much-brunswick-bond

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The State

October 19, 2016

Letters: Trump is nasty, but Clinton is dangerous

Columbia, SC – There are vastly more important things in this election than Donald Trump’s (and Hillary Clinton’s) potty mouth, such as the Supreme Court, immigration and taxes. Most men have engaged in the sort of talk that Trump did at some point, but most of us outgrew it long before reaching Trump’s age.

If Clinton admits a million Muslims, who have been taught all their lives that followers of other religions, homosexuals and others should be killed, how many innocent American lives will be taken? If you are considering voting for her, how many dead countrymen will be acceptable to you so that you can feel good about denying the presidency to a nasty man?

If you want to turn this country over to Clinton and her minions just because her opponent is a boor and a vulgarian, go ahead. You will probably have 20 years or more to live with the results.

Billy Rawl

West Columbia

http://www.thestate.com/opinion/letters-to-the-editor/article109226517.html


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Kokomo Tribune
kt

Letter: ‘For first time ... I’m voting Republican’

October 19, 2016

I’m urging all registered voters to vote in the 2016 presidential race. Even if you don’t like either candidate, vote for the important policies each supports.

Ask yourself whether you are better off than you were eight years ago. Are you concerned about our economy, Supreme Court justices, immigration, veterans rights, smarter foreign policy, a stronger military, Social Security, Medicare and stronger borders?

Personally, I’m fed up with the direction our great country is headed. I’m voting for change! For the first time in my life, I’m voting Republican. I’m proud to be in the basket of deplorables.

Mark Gustin

Kokomo

http://www.kokomotribune.com/opinion/letters_to_the_editor/letter-for-first-time-i-m-voting-republican/article_3d880bb6-95f5-11e6-804d-efd3e3f946b3.html

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THE BALTIMORE SUN

Trump gives U.S. a chance

October 19, 2016

The letter from Jack Wickham ("Clinton's bad, Trump's worse," Oct. 13) is wrong on a number of points. Why does he think Donald Trump has a low regard for voters when we legal Americans see the wall as a way to prevent us from being overrun by illegal immigrants who will then be signed up en masse to vote for Hillary Clinton? Ms. Clinton is the one who deserves to lose in November, hopefully by a large margin of people who deplore all her lies, flouting of the law, personal aggrandizement and lack of good judgment, plus the fact that she accomplished nothing as secretary of state other than getting our ambassador to Libya killed and setting the stage for the one-sided and disastrous Iran agreement.

Ms. Clinton would be the epic national disaster if elected and our country will be lost to become just another socialist debacle in the globalist mishmash like Europe is now. If Mr. Trump wins, America might have a chance to go back to being the wonderful country we grew up in.

Diane Anderson, Freeland

http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/opinion/readersrespond/bs-ed-trump-letter-20161019-story.html


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MyrtleBeachonline

October 19, 2016

It’s treasonous not to deport all Muslims

“They're not all like that.”

When talking about immigration, invariably the topic of Muslim immigration presents itself. There are U.S. citizens who believe that though Muslims have murdered many U.S. citizens in this country, Muslims committing the murders are not representative of Muslims as a whole.

“Don't punish all Muslims for the sins of a few,” so to speak.

Experts estimate that between 15 percent to 25 percent of Muslims are terrorists, the ones who stab, behead, murder and massacre non-Muslims to make Islam the only system of governance in a country.

During World War II, most Germans were peaceful. However, the extremely violent Nazis drove the agenda and murdered 60 million people. The peaceful majority was irrelevant.

Also, in World War II, the majority of Japanese were peaceful, yet the Japanese murdered 12 million people. The peaceful majority was irrelevant.

On Sept. 11, 2011, the U.S. had 2.3 million Muslims - and it took only 19 Muslim terrorists to murder about 3,000 Americans. The peaceful majority was irrelevant. It was reported that the “peaceful majority” cheered at the news.

The peaceful majority of Muslims is not really benign, though. They provide aid and comfort to Muslim terrorists. I wouldn't advise you to sketch a picture of a person and label it Mohammad and put it in your front yard when you have the “peaceful majority” walking in your neighborhood. To do so may cause your head to separate from your body when a Muslim terrorist happens to drop by your house.

The peaceful majority inform the terrorists in their group and will help terrorists escape. Ever hear of Muslims turning in one of their own due to suspicions of being a terrorist?

All Muslims have the same goal - make everyone Muslim, or dead. To not have this goal would mean they are not Muslim. The book they follow, the Koran, instructs them on this goal. Some Muslims pursue this goal more intensely (terrorists) than others (peaceful majority).

Anyone agreeing to allow Muslims into the U.S.A. is committing treason. Anyone who does not agree to deport all Muslims is committing the same.

Johnson Smith, Conway

http://www.myrtlebeachonline.com/opinion/letters-to-the-editor/article109141112.html

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USA TODAY

Break up a rigged system: Opposing view

Curtis Ellis 6:38 p.m. EDT October 18, 2016

Voting irregularities and unlawful voting by illegal immigrants are real.

Donald Trump is running to break up a rigged system that serves Washington special interests, not the people. Those insiders will do anything to stop him.

Just last Thursday, we saw 23 times more broadcast evening news coverage of the unfounded accusations against Donald Trump than we saw of Hillary Clinton’s emails showing her support for open borders, bad trade deals for American workers, and collusion between the news media and her campaign.

No surprise: The non-partisan Center for Public Integrity found that 96% of presidential campaign contributions from journalists benefit Clinton.

If one-sided coverage won’t discourage Donald Trump voters, maybe outright intimidation will. A Republican Party headquarters in North Carolina was firebombed, and vandals spray-painted cars at a Donald Trump rally in Maine.

Voting irregularities across the country and unlawful voting by illegal immigrants are also a reality.

A Pew Center on the States study estimates 24 million voter registrations — one of every eight — are significantly inaccurate or no longer valid; 2.75 million people have registrations in more than one state, and more than 1.8 million dead people are listed as voters.

A CBS Denver affiliate found multiple instances where dead Coloradans were still voting. A dead veteran voted in a 2006 primary election, and a woman who died in 2009 cast ballots in four subsequent elections.

Dead people were registered to vote in Virginia. The Pennsylvania secretary of state found “there’s potential voter fraud” — over 700 voters may have cast more than one ballot.

A Washington Post column stated that over 14% of non-citizens surveyed in 2008 and 2010 said they were registered to vote. Non-citizen votes could have provided Barack Obama’s narrow margin of victory in North Carolina in 2008.

Major media have abandoned fairness and gone all out to help Hillary Clinton. It is not a conspiracy theory to say they are rigging the election. It is vital no one hijacks our democracy, including the media. We must remain vigilant and ensure a high level of integrity in the electoral process.

Curtis Ellis is senior policy adviser to the Trump campaign.

http://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2016/10/18/donald-trump-rigged-election-curtis-ellis-editorials-debates/92382898/

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lohud THE JOURNAL NEWS
PART OF THE USA TODAY NETWORK

'Sanctuary cities' endanger us all, Putnam sheriff says

Donald B. Smith 1:15 p.m. EDT October 18, 2016

State and local lawmakers should require cooperation with federal immigration authorities

How quickly we forget, even when something as terrible as 9/11 happens right on our doorstep. Just days after the infamous terrorist attacks on Sep. 11, 2001, pieces of the puzzle began to fall into place as we learned about the group of terrorists who had lived among us. A number of the terrorists were illegal aliens, and one of them was actually on a CIA terrorist watch list.

Two of the hijackers with immigration violations — Mohammed Atta and Hani Hanjour — came into contact with state and local police for traffic violations before the attacks. Had those law enforcement agents made inquiries into their immigration status and subsequently cooperated with federal immigration officials, the attacks on 9/11 may have been prevented in the first place.

More recently, there’s the sad story of Kate Steinle, the San Francisco woman murdered while walking with her father by Juan Lopez-Sanchez, an illegal Mexican national who had been convicted of seven felonies and deported five times. After the murder, Lopez-Sanchez indicated that he went to San Francisco because of its liberal sanctuary policies. Sanctuary policies, and the barriers they present to full cooperation and information sharing between state and federal law enforcement officials, jeopardizing public safety. And that’s why cities in New York should not give sanctuary to dangerous illegal aliens.

Sanctuary cities are those that adopt policies, ordinances, resolutions, executive actions or any initiatives that prohibit local officials from inquiring into, acting upon, or reporting an individual's immigration status, even when there is reasonable suspicion that an individual is in the country illegally. Sanctuary cities and jurisdictions — and we have 10 of them in New York alone — serve as safe havens for some of the very people who pose a danger and who need to be identified and jailed or deported.

When police operating in sanctuary jurisdictions come in contact with illegal aliens during their normal course of duties, even aliens who have committed a crime, the police are not permitted to turn those individuals over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement, even if ICE has issued an immigration detainer for them. In fact, from January 2014 through September 2015, more than 1,900 ICE detainer requests were denied by local law enforcement. So where did these illegal aliens end up? Back on the streets.

The very presence of sanctuary laws actually serves as a magnet for future illegal immigration, since once illegal aliens cross into the city boundaries, they’re home free. There are currently about 750,000 illegal aliens in New York alone, costing state and local taxpayers roughly $9.5 billion annually. When these illegal aliens break  local laws, identifying exactly who they are and whether or not they should be here in the first place would further public safety and the overall welfare of New York residents and visitors.

Sanctuary policies also place American citizens and legal residents at a disadvantage in the workplace, which serves as a safe zone for illegal alien workers.Ironically, it’s the most disadvantaged groups in our state — folks who are barely making ends meet — who are competing against these illegal workers for entry-level jobs.

Anyone who thinks that ICE can adequately perform its duties without the eyes and ears of local law enforcement on the ground and in the communities where these aliens live is mistaken. ICE’s mission is to identify and remove criminal aliens — and there are tens of thousands of them in the U.S. today. Criminal aliens have committed murder, rape, drunk driving and child abuse, and should be sent home. When state and local law enforcement cooperate with ICE, it can better identify and remove these dangerous criminals.

The citizens of New York state, through their expenditures on federal and state taxes, are paying for law enforcement both on the federal and local levels. Preventing these agencies from working together for the common good is tantamount to tying one hand behind your back before stepping into a boxing ring.

There’s no question that terrorists have pledged to strike our nation again and are looking for our Achilles heel to exploit and use to their advantage. We also know that criminal aliens are walking the streets of America, looking for their next victims. Let’s urge our state and local lawmakers to consider enacting legislation to prohibit sanctuary policies in their communities and require cooperation with federal immigration authorities.

The writer, a retired Brigadier General of the United States Army, is Sheriff of Putnam County.

http://www.lohud.com/story/opinion/contributors/2016/10/18/sanctuary-cities-putnam-sheriff/91998734/

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The Modesto Bee

October 17, 2016 1:56 PM

Scott Langpap: A vote for Hillary a vote for open borders, violence, weird marriage

Re “Signs you’re voting for Donald Trump” (Letters, Oct. 9): Signs you will not be voting for Donald Trump.

1. You support the Black Panthers intimidating voters at polling places. You support and encourage mob riots in our streets, the destruction of private property, rocks, bottle and other projectiles thrown at police.

2. You fear an immigration policy that protects our borders and provides any kind of vetting. You feel your ancestors should have never assimilated to an American culture.

3. You have disdain for the Bible.

4. You believe only the end results matters and not the crooked/nasty way you may have taken to get there.

5. You look down your nose at others. Surely you’re smarter and know what’s best for others.

6. You await the day the Supreme Court rules beastiality and marriage to your pet as a right.

7. You define “equality” as “sameness.” It’s not equal opportunity you want, it’s that everyone must have the same outcome regardless of skill, talent or effort.

The fear for liberals: a country with a border, common language and culture.

Scott Langpap, Modesto

http://www.modbee.com/opinion/letters-to-the-editor/article108799352.html

Letter author:
Richard F. LaMountain
Letter publisher:
PortlandTribune
Date of letter:
Thursday, October 20, 2016
Letter body:

Among Democrats, it is an article of faith that their party, and not the GOP, best represents poor and economically vulnerable Americans.

But on the critical issue of undocumented immigration, it is the policies of Donald Trump, not Hillary Clinton, which would best improve those Americans’ lives. And by their votes on 2014’s Measure 88, the undocumented-immigrant driver card referendum, many rank-and-file Oregon Democrats — if not their party’s elite — proved they may well agree.

More on Measure 88 below. First, let’s look at Trump’s and Clinton’s positions on undocumented immigration.

Trump wants to secure our southern border and, as he explained in late August, “strengthen and expand” the federal E-Verify system to assure employers vet their new hires for proof of legal U.S. presence. Clinton would continue the Obama policies which have lifted the threat of deportation from the great majority of undocumented immigrants and work, says her website, to “bring millions” of undocumented immigrants “into the formal economy.”

How would these competing approaches affect our low-income fellow citizens?

Over the past year, economist Edwin S. Rubenstein reported recently, “the foreign-born immigrant labor force grew five times faster than the native-born American labor force.” Many foreign-born U.S. workers — as many as 9 million, according to the Pew Research Center — are undocumented immigrants. And by any measure, they are taking jobs from low-income Americans.

Vernon M. Briggs Jr., professor emeritus at Cornell University, recently estimated that “57 percent of the adult illegal-immigrant population have not completed high school while an additional 24 percent have only a high-school diploma” — which puts those undocumented immigrants in direct competition for the kinds of jobs traditionally held by lower-skilled Americans. This harms, in particular, minorities, who comprise a disproportionate share of those Americans. One example: Last year, as per the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S.-born Hispanics who had not graduated from high school had an unemployment rate of 11.3 percent.

Consider as well black Americans — 8.4 percent of whom, the BLS reports, were unemployed in August (compared to 4.4 percent of the U.S. population overall). One reason: Undocumented immigrants take jobs in occupational fields that historically have employed large numbers of blacks.

In 2015, for instance, blacks (as per the BLS) comprised 8.1 percent of construction laborers, 14.5 percent of building-maintenance/groundskeeping workers, and 20.6 percent of nonrestaurant food servers. But vying with blacks for employment in those fields were undocumented immigrants — who, Pew has reported, recently have comprised 14 percent of workers in construction and extraction, 17 percent in building maintenance/groundskeeping, and 11 percent in food preparation and serving.

As noted above, however, there is electoral evidence that many Oregon Democrats understand the cause-and-effect relationship between undocumented-immigrant employment and U.S.-citizen unemployment. Via Measure 88 in 2014 — a year Democrats outnumbered Republicans statewide by almost 175,000 — Oregonians voted 2-to-1 to reject undocumented-immigrant driver cards. Many Democrats who opposed the cards, no doubt, premised their votes on the knowledge that legal driving privileges would have attracted more undocumented immigrants to our state and enabled them to reach their jobs more easily — which would have meant ever-fewer jobs for their low-income fellow Oregonians.

Economically vulnerable Americans, to whose interests the Democratic Party purports to be vitally committed, would be better served by the undocumented-immigration policies of Donald Trump than by those of Hillary Clinton. That knowledge should lead many Oregon Democrats, especially those who opposed driver cards, to support “The Donald” in November — and in doing so to help brighten the economic prospects of their poorer fellow citizens.

Richard F. LaMountain, a Cedar Mill resident, served as a chief sponsor of the 2014 referendum via which Oregon voters rejected undocumented-immigrant driver cards.

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The Modesto Bee

October 17, 2016

Stephen Sampayan: A vote for Trump is a vote against elitist Clinton

As a second-generation immigrant, I have memories of back-breaking work in produce-packing sheds. Nevertheless, we have thrived. I am now a Ph.D. scientist leading cutting-edge research. The key ingredient that enabled us as immigrants is “equality before the law.”

The Clintons have trashed this founding principle. An obscure sailor, who out of enthusiasm, took “non-public” pictures of an engine room and texted them to his mom is now spending one year in federal prison for leaking classified information. Hillary ordered top staff to strip “top secret” markings from highly sensitive documents so she could use her unsecure personal computer for convenience. These documents are so sensitive that a legally binding non-disclosure oath has to be signed to see them. Some have argued that her practice contributed to the death of people friendly to our country. Yet she pays no penalty. According to the polls, she may become our next president.

This special treatment for the “elites” parallels discrimination because it relegates us non-elites to “you should know your place,” as it did the sailor. To help end this lie, I will be casting my vote against Clinton. To make my vote count, I will be voting for Donald Trump.

Stephen Sampayan, Manteca

http://www.modbee.com/opinion/letters-to-the-editor/article108801202.html


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Hartford Courant
Letters To The Editor

Letters Setting Trump Stories Aside

October 17, 2016

I asked myself if I and my family would be directly impacted, if the stories are true, by Donald Trump's womanizing and misbehavior involving women years ago. Short of any criminal activity, the answer is no.

Then I asked if we would be directly impacted by Hillary Clinton, who believes in open borders, higher taxes, soft law and order, illegal immigration, Obamacare, etc. The answer is yes. Going through this exercise makes my decision who to vote for very simple.

Al Carrano, Manchester

http://www.courant.com/opinion/letters/


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ydr.com
YORK DAILY RECORD ˖ YORK SUNDAT NEWS PART OF THE USA TODAY NETWORK

Trump stronger on the issues (letter)

October 17, 2016

It seems that the one candidate rather clearly represents a sort of dynastic continuity (Bush I, Clinton I, Bush II, Obama,�) with the ideology of a globalized new world ordeer expressed as free-trade deals costing American jobs, rapid open immigration as corrosive to national identity, and above all a new American global imperialism involving the wanton and illegal destruction of targeted nations (Kosovo, Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Syria, etc.).

This same candidate has evidently been reckless in the extreme with matters of national security and has used a family foundation as a pay-to-play platform for access to governmental influence.

The other candidate appears brash and outspoken, with a sort of New York street air about him, which offends a lot of people. He has been overwhelmingly mocked and vilified in the corporate media (including the papers to which this letter is addressed), and he has sometimes let his ego get away from him under this unaccustomed baptism of fire.

But he is no globalist. And he addresses directly the three major issues mentioned above: economic devastation by global trade deals, forced mass immigration beyond what a nation can absorb, and the military destruction of some nations and provocation of others following from the Project for a New American Century (look it up).

The prime example of the latter issue is Russia, which has approximately two military bases outside its borders, both in neighboring republics � yet which is encircled by U.S. and NATO military bases, some with cruise missiles. The current U.S. regime is clearly attempting to incite war with Russia, and this candidate says “no,” we can work with Russia. (Would this, by the way, not be welcome to the Russians, all nefarious speculations aside?)

This same candidate supports a strong defensive military, but not a ruthless policy of wasting our young warriors in imperial adventures ironically called nation-building. Oh, and controlled, legal immigration, at a rate the nation can assimilate, with proper vetting of potential terrorists �he supports this as well.

Finally, for Christians who worry that he is not a saint, nor is visibly attached to a church, remember that God rules history and has done so with some pretty blunt instruments. He used the heathen emperor of Persia to restore Israel to Jerusalem. This candidate says he will respect and protect the Christian heritage of this nation. Any potential voter who loves America might want to seriously consider voting for this guy.

Larry Rinehart

Dover Township

http://www.ydr.com/story/opinion/readers/2016/10/17/trump-stronger-issues-letter/92285034/

 
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The Intelligencer

theintell.com

Why we should back Trump

October 17, 2016

The national union representing ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) employees has for the first time in its history made an endorsement for president, namely Donald Trump.

Do we need any better indication that there is a serious illegal immigration problem on our border with Mexico? Those who deal with it on a daily basis are begging for help, and believe that Trump will give it to them.

They are supporting Trump, and so should America.

Bob Harbison

Langhorne

http://www.theintell.com/opinion/letters/why-we-should-back-trump/article_6f3abfa2-73d6-5a65-8ec5-940d50aebadc.html

 
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Star
Beacon

October 17, 2016

Trump is for common sense

In regards to the presidential election, it all boils down to common sense.

Until Trump came along we weren’t aware that vast amounts of drugs and illegal aliens were pouring into our country. With yearly drug overdose deaths reaching a record 44,000 people, yes that is 44,000 of our people die every year; why hasn’t the federal government done its job?

In Ohio alone we are losing 50 people every week to drug overdoses! This is a tragedy. This is terrible, this so sad. This shouldn’t be happening, especially when we consider how much money the federal government takes from us and wastes every day on non-essential items or that it gives billions to the very illegal aliens that illegally cross our borders, which is absurd and lacks common sense.

Obama and Clinton have done nothing to stop the problems. In fact common sense tells us that opening the borders like they have done has caused the problems hasn’t it?

We the people have common sense and it is apparent that of the two candidates only Trump has the common sense to see that we are at war and 44,000 casualties every year is not acceptable.

Vote for Trump to secure our borders and to cut off the illegal drugs and illegal aliens. It is the common sense thing to do.

William Hanchosky

Geneva

http://www.starbeacon.com/opinion/letters_to_the_editor/letter-to-the-editor/article_9f94c1d8-51d2-546f-bf6a-5494705e58a6.html


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The Reporter

Letter: All should be opposed to illegal immigration

Posted: 10/16/16

ALL SHOULD BE OPPOSED TO ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION

In his column (The Reporter, Oct. 12), Thomas Elias admonishes Republicans for not reaching out to California’s Latino voters, especially if it wants to remain a relevant political party in this state. But what Elias REALLY seems to want is for the Republicans to PANDER like the Democrats do.

Elias mentions “immigration” as the Republicans’ stumbling block among Latinos, but omits the all-important qualifier “ILLEGAL.” What Republicans NEED to do is educate the electorate on what illegal immigration is costing this state every year, and the fundamental unfairness of allowing illegals to come here when other law-abiding immigrants go through all the necessary requirements to come here LEGALLY.

This will be a nearly impossible task, as most in the media (including Associated Press, which refuses to call illegal aliens what they are) who are ultra-liberal and label anybody opposed to illegal immigration (or what they misleadingly call “immigration”) as “racist.” And isn’t coming here illegally AGAINST THE LAW? Regardless of whether you were born here or came here legally, or if you are Latino or not, you should be just as opposed to illegal immigration as the REST of us!

Charles D. Roberts, Vacaville

http://www.thereporter.com/article/NG/20161016/NEWS/161019860
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DentonRC.com
Denton  Record - Chronicle

Letters to the editor, October 16

15 October 2016

Flood of illegals

Government agencies and liberals cannot understand that Americans want America to remain America. In 2015, half a million people came to America on visas and never went home. Millions of illegals cross our borders and Homeland Security gives a big yawn.

Obama is bringing in tens of thousands of Syrian refugees. ISIS has announced it is sending terrorists into our country with these refugees. There is no way to “vet” them. Billions of taxpayer dollars will be spent on this Trojan horse.

We have enough problems with second-generation Middle East refugees blowing up and shooting people. Why bring in more? If not one more entered America, the rate these people reproduce would still forever change the demographics of our nation.

A sane-thinking person could figure this out, but Obama is not that smart or he is set on destroying America.

He will never live next door to an illegal or a refugee. He is guaranteed armed security for life along with his fat pension and benefits.

Victims of violence from these refugees or illegals should sue the government and local social service agencies that help settle them in our communities.

We already have a flood of illegals coming across our Texas border. How many more do we have to house, educate and support on welfare programs?

Alice Gore,

Denton

http://www.dentonrc.com/opinion/letters-headlines/20161015-letters-to-the-editor-october-16.ece
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MDJ
ONLINE.COM
THE MARIETTA DAILY JOURNAL

‘Allowing undocumented people to vote ... is a dire threat’

October 15, 2016

DEAR EDITOR:

The information Michelle Malkin shared in her column (“Will illegal foreign voters steal the election?” 10/7/2016) is stunningly appalling horrifying and demoralizing.

Appalling because it is so contrary to the Constitution.

Horrifying because she backs up her content with names and places.

Demoralizing because the Democrats have so easily, with the help of the court system, found a way to “stuff the ballot box” in favor of their candidates. As of now, their top candidate is the worse-than-awful Hillary Clinton.

As Ms. Malkin sharply points out, allowing undocumented people (illegals) to vote in this country as patriots know and cherish it, is a dire threat.

One has to shudder at the idea of standing in line to cast his/her ballot with folks who don’t speak English, are in this country as lawbreakers, and don’t begin to understand important issues. In their hands might well be a sample ballot marked for them by a professional political “pusher.”

The situation makes me think of “Animal Farm.” The pigs delude the other animals into believing that life will be dandy if they just do as they’re told.

Thus, the pigs become the ruling class.

America was never meant to have a ruling class, but the Dems apparently think that notion is laughable.

Melissa B. Anderson

Marietta

http://www.mdjonline.com/opinion/letters_to_editor/allowing-undocumented-people-to-vote-is-a-dire-threat/article_c10d8900-934f-11e6-8879-dbd61a22d1d5.html
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WISCONSIN STATE JOURNAL

Support Americanism, not globalism -- Mike Martino

October 15, 2016

Wisconsin has lost more than 60,000 manufacturing jobs since the North American Free Trade Agreement was enacted in 1994.

The Department of Veterans Affairs has admitted by the end of each day 20 veterans will commit suicide, many of them waiting for appointments at a VA Hospital. Yet illegal immigrants can get immediate health care without waiting in line.

We've sent cash to Iran and destabilized Libya, Iraq and Syria. ISIS is bringing terrorism to our shores. And we’re told not to use the words "radical Islam.

Our flag is being disrespected by those who never served.

Trump released a list of his 41 veterans groups that identified donations of $5.6 million to veterans. Hillary Clinton's combined donations were only $70,000.

No more lost jobs. Stop the drugs from Mexico. No more veteran suicides. No to Trans-Pacific Partnership. No to professional politicians who broke our trust, and no to dishonesty from the Hillary Clinton and Tim Kaine ticket, which is promising anything to get our votes.

Vote for Trump. Americanism over globalism, We have suffered enough.

Mike Martino, Fort McCoy

http://host.madison.com/wsj/opinion/mailbag/support-americanism-not-globalism----mike-martino/article_e5800b8a-66c5-5a65-9cc5-b1ee70ddfcc0.html
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Miami Herald

October 15, 2016

Obama’s progress?

I get sick to my stomach when I hear Hillary Clinton and Michelle Obama being outraged over the Donald Trump tape.

Their self-righteous indignation isn’t fooling anyone.

While I’m at it, President Obama’s latest tirade about losing progress if Trump wins puzzles me.

What progress is he referring to? The disastrous deal he made with Iran, giving billions of dollars to an arch enemy or creating an atmosphere where our enemies don’t respect us, our allies don’t trust us. ISIS is getting stronger, we have no control over our borders, illegal immigration is rampant, our racial issues are worse than ever � and these are just a few of the things he calls “�progress.”

Mary Bastek, Aventura

http://www.miamiherald.com/opinion/letters-to-the-editor/article108412957.html
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Kokomo Tribune
kt

Cheer: Trump ‘offering to stand up for you’

October 15, 2016

Cherie Weeks of Greentown sends this Cheer for Donald Trump’s candidacy for president:

“After reading the op-ed by Kent Blacklidge, I was encouraged to write a follow-up. I was encouraged because being a conservative all of my life, and having the liberal media’s ideology crammed down my throat all of my life, and being subjected to the far left’s holier-than-thou facade all of my life, and watching conservatives being ostracized all of my life by both of these entities, it’s always refreshing to hear or read a voice of reason!

“My husband and I are for Donald Trump, not because of what he’s done or said in the past, but what he’s doing today and wants to do for the future of our country. Finally there’s someone who is willing to leave the lap of luxury and jump headlong into the seedy world of politics, spend $100 million out of his own pocket and fight for my principles, knowing full well that his past would be held against him.

“I ask you seriously, how many candidates like that have any of us ever seen in our lifetimes? A candidate who is not perfect (and we’ve sure seen a lot of those) but admits that he’s walked the walk and talked the talk in the big-business world and has learned its corruption firsthand. A candidate who from this experience wants to fix our tax structure. A candidate who has created more jobs for men, women, blacks, whites, and Mexicans than most people could have time to think about in one lifetime.

A candidate who is willing to speak out for the protection of the sovereignty of our country. A candidate who is not afraid to put the safety of our country and citizens before being politically correct (which, incidentally, is the brainchild of liberal thinkers of the far left). A candidate who knows that a society with out the right to bear arms is easily overthrown. A candidate who is willing to work to create higher paying jobs so that people can work one job instead of the two low-paying ones as is common in today’s economy.

“A candidate who understands that religious freedom is supposed to be for Christians too. A candidate who understands that depleting the tax base by shoving as many people as possible into government jobs instead of private-sector jobs will end up in a bankrupt government. A candidate who understands that those holding government jobs in higher esteem than private-sector jobs want people beholden to government. A candidate who understands that just as there are radicals within the Christian religion, there are radicals within the Islam religion (the key word in that sentence is ‘within’).

A candidate who understands that the radicals ‘within’ Islam are out of control. A candidate who understands that if you were to sneak across the Mexican boarder breaking their laws of entry, Mexico would put you in jail, and rightly so. A candidate who understands that we should never encourage immigrants to break our laws by providing sanctuary cities. A candidate who understands that a Hillary Clinton presidency will upset the balance of our Supreme Court for decades.

A candidate who understands that the far-left liberals in this country are willing to jeopardize our safety for the prospect of increasing their voter base. A candidate who understands that even Hillary Clinton is on record saying just three years ago that we cannot vet the Syrian refugees well enough to identify the radicals that will be among them. A candidate who understands that Bill and Hillary Clinton having worked all their lives in public office on our dime have never created a business nor a company from which they could draw a salary. And lastly, he is a candidate who, as he spoke those words in that bus in 2005, was simultaneously employing hundreds if not thousands of women in good-paying jobs.

“The American people have tolerated and even forgiven many past presidents for their actions of indiscretion while in office. From Roosevelt to Bill Clinton (most of which were in my lifetime) they have committed adultery, used foul language, been accused of rape and sexual assault, lied, and cheated in back-door deals. And yet Donald Trump, many say, is ‘unfit’ to be president! The devil, you say! I’d say he measures up to most all of them pretty well.

“So to you conservatives out there who are filled with indignation toward Donald Trump, the Bible says to us all, ‘there is none righteous, no not one’ (Romans 3:10). Certainly none of us would be fit ‘to cast the first stone’ (John 8:7). If, as an indignant conservative, you stay home or vote for someone other than Trump, just remember when your country is less safe, less conservative, more politically correct, and less tolerant of you and your ideology, there was someone running that was offering to stand up for you.”

http://www.kokomotribune.com/opinion/letters_to_the_editor/cheer-trump-offering-to-stand-up-for-you/article_c28539a4-9232-11e6-b003-27563754155b.html
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SJ Statesman Journal
PART OF THE USA TODAY NETWORK

Trump’s immigration plan centered on national security, public safety

Salem  October 14, 2016

Donald Trump, in his campaign for president, identified illegal immigration and the crimes committed by illegal immigrants as significant problems.

Trump has an immigration plan centered on national security and public safety.

Any concerned citizen voter who wants to validate Trump’s stand on illegal immigrant crime can simply go to the U.S. Federal Bureau of Prisons inmates statistics website and add up the most recent numbers on inmate citizenship, which indicate 42,401 prisoners in the federal prison system were foreign nationals.

That’s over 22 percent of the federal prison population. In the federal prison system, there were 28,264 Mexican nationals (66.7 percent of the foreign nationals in federal prisons).

The U.S. Federal Bureau of Prisons breaks down the federal prison population into 13 types of offenses; federal prisons had 15,990 inmates (8.8 percent) incarcerated for immigration crimes.

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has two components: U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) that are at the forefront of enforcing federal immigration law.

Two groups, the National Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Council, the union of ICE officers, and the National Border Patrol Council, the union of CBP Agents, have endorsed Trump for president.

David Olen Cross

Salem

http://www.statesmanjournal.com/story/opinion/readers/2016/10/11/trumps-immigration-plan-centered-national-security-public-safety/91912718/
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THE TRIBUNE

October 14, 2016

Trump’s straightforward talk will get the job done

Git-er-done, Mr Trump!

I like the Trump agenda for America: abolish Obamacare; revise taxes and regulations; control our southern border; deal with illegal immigration; enact pure capitalism, not cronyism; abolish unnecessary government agencies; strengthen the military and take 100 percent care of our veterans; and many other issues.

Change in Washington, D.C., will require harsh measures and straightforward talk, it will require the tearing down of many little fiefdoms built up over the years by some old-timers. Yes, sometimes harsh talk will be needed, and I don’t care how he talks if it gets the job done. I also couldn’t care less about how he talked in private conversation, which was inadvertently taped 11 years ago. A straight-talker is what we’ve needed for a long time in Washington, D.C., Git-er-done, Donald.

Rex Allen, Paso Robles

http://www.sanluisobispo.com/opinion/letters-to-the-editor/article108423262.html
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The Augusta Chronicle

Trump's words resonate

By Proctor Bush
Aiken, S.C. Friday, Oct. 14, 2016

I am supporting Donald Trump because he is a true American patriot who doesn’t act like a billionaire. He acts like an everyday, regular Joe. His message has resonated with people throughout the United States of America. They feel our government has let them down. Our elected leaders � president, House and Senaate � have not listened to the people they represent.
I like Trump’s stand on issues that will affect the future of our children and grandchildren � such as illegal immigration, health care (Obamacare), refugees, our Second Amendment, poor trade deals, lower taxes for everyone, saving Social Security, restoring law and order, energy independence, freedom for religious expression, eliminating political correctness, reducing our national debt, increasing our national security and appointing Supreme Court justices who will abide by our Constitution.

We want our sovereignty, not open borders, globalism and governance by the United Nations.

History will look favorably on us if Donald Trump is elected the 45th President of the United States.

Proctor Bush

Aiken, S.C.

http://chronicle.augusta.com/opinion/letters/2016-10-14/trumps-words-resonate#
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The Tribune-Democrat
tribdem.com

Letter to the editor | Illegals treated better than Americans

Submitted by Readers [October 14, 2016] 22 min ago

If you are in a crowd of people, you could get a cold because you have no idea who might be infected. If you walk down a city street, you don’t know who might have a gun or is a criminal.

We take chances every day with our health and safety. We can prepare for some things if we know what to look for.

There is a heroin epidemic in this country and people are dying. Heroin is being smuggled across our border by illegals, and they are allowed to stay in sanctuary cities from where the heroin is distributed and sold throughout the country.

It is illegal to sell assault rifles in the United States, so where do these guns come from? They are also smuggled in.

This is why we have immigration laws.

The Mexican cartels love liberal Democrats.

Did you know that heroin is used like currency among terrorists? Why is it that liberals are more concern about taking care of people who are in the country illegally than Americans?

If we want to shut down heroin, shut down sanctuary cities.

Ron Marol

Moxham

http://www.tribdem.com/news/editorials/readers_forum/letter-to-the-editor-illegals-treated-better-than-americans/article_1ddbe9a6-9175-11e6-9fde-6f03d9eadd59.html
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CORVALLIS
Gazette-Times

Letter: Trump's solid stand on immigration

October 13, 2016

Donald J. Trump in his campaign for president has identified illegal immigration and the crimes committed by illegal immigrants as significant problems facing our country. Trump has an immigration plan centered on national security and public safety.

Any concerned citizen voter who wants to validate Trump’s stand on illegal immigrant crime can simply go to the U.S. Federal Bureau of Prisons inmates statistics website and add up the most recent numbers on inmate citizenship that indicate 42,401 prisoners in the federal prison system were foreign nationals; that’s more than 22 percent of the federal prison population. In the federal prison system, 28,264 Mexican nationals were incarcerated; they were 66.7 percent of the foreign nationals in federal prisons.

The U.S. Federal Bureau of Prisons breaks down the federal prison population into 13 types of offenses: Federal prisons had 15,990 inmates, 8.8 percent, incarcerated for immigration crimes.

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has two components, the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the U.S. Customs and Border Protection at the forefront of enforcing federal immigration law.

Two groups, the National Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Council, the union of ICE officers, and the National Border Patrol Council, the union of CBP agents, have endorsed Trump for president.

David Olen Cross

Salem (Oct. 5)

http://www.gazettetimes.com/news/opinion/mailbag/letter-trump-s-solid-stand-on-immigration/article_247488a3-4ca9-5cb7-9908-f8feeeb468a6.html
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The Anson Record

October 13, 2016

LETTER: Immigration: Trump versus Clinton

To the Editor:

Perhaps no issue separates the two major presidential candidates more than immigration. To complicate the challenge facing voters, this vital issue is weakly reported. Debate is shallow and uninformed. The result, in too many cases, is a public “voting blind” on this make-or-break issue.

But Americans, knowingly or not, will choose from two very different sets of policies. In his in-depth August 31 Phoenix speech on immigration policy, Trump set out his 10-point immigration agenda. In skeleton form, these are:

1) Build a wall along the southern border.

2) End catch-and-release.

3) Zero tolerance for criminal aliens.

4) Block funding for sanctuary cities.

5) Cancel unconstitutional executive orders and enforce all immigration laws.

6) Suspend the issuance of visas to any place where adequate screening cannot occur.

7) Ensure that other countries take their people back when we order them deported.

8) Complete a biometric entry-exit visa tracking system.

9) Turn off the jobs and benefits magnet.

10) Reform legal immigration to serve the best interests of America and its workers.

Transcripts and video are online. Read or view for details. I will comment here only on the two candidates’ positions on No. 5, President Obama’s executive amnesties.

In 2012, President Obama launched Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. DACA told illegal immigrants who claim to have illegally entered the U. S. before the age of 16 that they need not fear deportation. Perhaps it was a coincidence. Within two years, unaccompanied minors from Central America were surging over the U. S. border.

In 2014, President Obama began Deferred Action for Parents of Americans (DAPA). DAPA send another message to illegal immigrants: Have a baby on U. S. soil, end deportation worries. The Supreme Court, however, deadlocked 4-4 on the constitutionality of DAPA. This forestalled DAPA’s implementation. One more Democrat-appointed Supreme Court judge would tip the balance in favor of DAPA. Hillary Clinton would expand DACA and DAPA.

Voters will decide on the Obama executive amnesties and the other nine points in the Trump Phoenix speech. Every point reveals stark differences. All ten deserve your scrutiny.

Tom Shuford

Lenoir, N.C.

http://ansonrecord.com/opinion/letters/3586/letter-immigration-trump-versus-clinton
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Woodburn
Independent

Letters to the editor:

12 October 2016

Trump’s immigration plan centers on security and public safety

Donald J. Trump in his campaign for president of the United States of America has identified illegal immigration and the crimes committed by illegal immigrants as significant problems facing our country. Trump has an immigration plan centered on national security and public safety.

Any concerned citizen voter who wants to validate Trump’s stand on illegal immigrant crime can simply go to the U.S. Federal Bureau of Prisons inmate statistics website and add up the most recent numbers on inmate citizenship that indicate 42,401 prisoners in the federal prison system were foreign nationals. That’s over 22 percent of the federal prison population. In the federal prison system there were 28,264 Mexican nationals incarcerated. They were 66.7 percent of the foreign nationals in federal prisons.

The U.S. Federal Bureau of Prisons breaks down the federal prison population into 13 types of offenses: Federal prisons had 15,990 inmates - 8.8 percent - incarcerated for immigratiation crimes.

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has two components, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) that are at the forefront of enforcing federal immigration law.

Two groups, the National Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Council, the union of ICE officers, and the National Border Patrol Council, the union of CBP Agents, have endorsed Donald J. Trump for president of the United States of America.

David Olen Cross

Salem

http://www.pamplinmedia.com/wbi/153-opinion/326864-206644-letters-to-the-editor-council-president-urges-support-of-mayor-kathy-figley-in-upcoming-election
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MyrtleBeachonline

October 11, 2016

They broke the law entering the U.S. the wrong way - period

Re “Trump plan for undocumented immigrants leaves out mercy” letter by Chick Byrd.

I take exception to that letter and suggest we begin with leaving political correctness out of the article. He is referring to undocumented immigrants. He believes the U. S. gives no mercy. Mercy is defined by “kind or forgiving treatment of someone who could have been treated harshly.”

I will remind Mr. Byrd that entering the U. S. is against Federal Law, Section 1325 in Title 8 of the U. S. Code. This law provides for a fine, imprisonment or both. First offense is 6 months in jail and 2 years in jail for subsequent offense. Both also can carry a fine.

When do you recall anyone going to jail for coming to the U. S. illegally? Does this somehow fall under the heading of mercy? They do not go to jail, rather some of them are targeted for deportation and the others roam free collecting benefits from the government.

Several years ago, the government of Yucatan produced a handbook and CD about crossing the U.S./Mexico border. The guide told undocumented immigrants where to find free healthcare and enroll their children in public schools and send money back to Mexico. Many cities within the U. S. became sanctuary cities, which instructed their law enforcement not to cooperate with the federal government when they became aware of undocumented immigrants.

Many of these sanctuary cities are struggling with the debt this has created. Not to worry; it is tax money and tax increases are coming.

I fully support immigration as long as it is done by the law. For the bleeding hearts in the U. S., I suggest you look at the balance sheet in these towns, along with the additional expenses these undocumented immigrants have created for all taxpayers.

Bryson Preston, Little River

http://www.myrtlebeachonline.com/opinion/letters-to-the-editor/article107462542.html
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CITIZEN-TIMES
PART OF THE USA TODAY NETWORK

Letters to the Editor

Letter: McHenry has right take on immigration issue

9:28 a.m. EDT October 11, 2016

Given the recent state of affairs in this country, immigration will assuredly remain a hot-button issue in the upcoming election. Especially considering our porous borders have all but invited the flow of illegal immigrants into America under the Obama administration. But while illegal immigration often receives attention for the threat it poses to our national security, and rightfully so, the economic impact that it has on our country should not be overlooked.

One person who is aware of this Congressman Patrick McHenry. He sponsored the “No Free Rides Act,” which would ban immigrants who came here illegally from receiving an earned income tax credit.

A fiscally responsible representative who protects the best interests of the honest hard-working taxpayers over the wasteful spending in Washington, Congressman McHenry will fight to make sure that those who break the law will not be rewarded for it with your money. That’s why I plan to vote to re-elect Patrick McHenry for Congress, and I hope you will join me.

Jeff Lominac, Conover

http://www.citizen-times.com/story/opinion/readers/2016/10/11/letter-mchenry-right-take-immigration-issue/91888958/

The Courier
FINDLAY - HANCOCK COUNTY - NORTHWESTERN OHIO

 Tue. Oct 11th, 2016 By: The Courier

HILLARY IS THE DANGEROUS ONE

As a French immigrant, I would like to tell my story.

I came here legally in 1973 through marriage and learned the English language. In 1985, I became a legal citizen of the U.S.

I am for law and order and support Donald Trump’s stance on legal immigration.

When I came to this country 43 years ago, America was an English-speaking country. But for past decade, Spanish was added to accommodate illegals from Mexico.

This is America, so why should the immigrants be excused from learning English when English is the language of our country?

Illegal immigrants get food stamps, living expenses, and housing.

Currently, a U.S. citizen that makes a dollar over the poverty level gets no help.

In 1961, the Muslims from Algeria said they were going to take over France. I had a singing career in Paris at this time and my dad ordered me to come back home to northern France.

Since 2003, you have to look for the French in France because so many Muslims immigrated here.

They do not become part of the community because they do not want to obey French laws.

They live and take over entire communities, roam in gangs, burn cars, kill people, and even the police stay away from their communities. Muslims get benefits before the French people.

This is why I believe that we need Trump’s leadership, and not Clinton’s, who plans to destroy and overrun this country with illegal immigrants, not only from Mexico but Muslim countries as well.

One only needs to look as far as Dearborn, Michigan to see the dangers of a Muslim community. Americans, wake up!

Look at what is happening in France now. This is just the beginning. I have lived to see this happen in France and now am experiencing the same thing happening to my current country, the U.S.

Trump needs to be elected or our country will be brought down by Hillary and her immigration, tax policies of taxing the middle class, and government restrictions.

She is the one who is very dangerous and unfit to be president.

Nadine Rader

rural Findlay

http://thecourier.com/opinion/letters-to-the-editor/2016/10/11/letters-to-the-editor-10-11-16/
    

 

Letter author:
Richard F. LaMountain
Letter publisher:
BEAVERTON ValleyTimes
Date of letter:
Monday, October 17, 2016
Letter body:

Among Democrats, it is an article of faith that their party, and not the GOP, best represents poor and economically-vulnerable Americans.

But on the critical issue of illegal immigration, it is the policies of Donald Trump, not Hillary Clinton, which would best improve those Americans’ lives. And by their votes on 2014’s Measure 88, the illegal-immigrant driver card referendum, many rank-and-file Oregon Democrats — if not their party’s elite — proved they may well agree.

More on Measure 88 below. First, let’s look at Trump’s and Clinton’s positions on illegal immigration.

Trump wants to secure our southern border and, as he explained in late August, “strengthen and expand” the federal E-Verify system to assure employers vet their new hires for proof of legal U.S. presence. Clinton would continue the Obama policies which have lifted the threat of deportation from the great majority of illegal immigrants and work, says her website, to “bring millions” of illegal immigrants “into the formal economy.”

How would these competing approaches affect our low-income fellow citizens?

Over the past year, economist Edwin S. Rubenstein reported recently that “the foreign-born immigrant labor force grew five times faster than the native-born American labor force.” Many foreign-born U.S. workers — as many as 9 million, according to the Pew Research Center — are illegal immigrants. And by any measure, they are taking jobs from low-income Americans.

Vernon M. Briggs Jr., professor emeritus at Cornell University, recently estimated that “57 percent of the adult illegal-immigrant population have not completed high school while an additional 24 percent have only a high-school diploma” — which puts those illegal immigrants in direct competition for the kinds of jobs traditionally held by lower-skilled Americans. This harms, in particular, minorities, who comprise a disproportionate share of those Americans. One example: Last year, as per the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S.-born Hispanics who had not graduated from high school had an unemployment rate of 11.3 percent.

Consider as well black Americans — 8.4 percent of whom, the BLS reports, were unemployed in August (compared to 4.9 percent of the U.S. population overall). One reason: Illegal immigrants take jobs in occupational fields which historically have employed large numbers of blacks.

In 2015, for instance, blacks (as per the BLS) comprised 8.1 percent of construction laborers, 14.5 percent of building-maintenance/groundskeeping workers, and 20.6 percent of non-restaurant food servers. But vying with blacks for employment in those fields were illegal immigrants — who, Pew has reported, recently have comprised 14 percent of workers in construction and extraction, 17 percent in building maintenance/groundskeeping, and 11 percent in food preparation and serving.

As noted above, however, there is electoral evidence that many Oregon Democrats understand the cause-and-effect relationship between illegal-immigrant employment and U.S.-citizen unemployment. Via Measure 88 in 2014 — a year Democrats outnumbered Republicans statewide by almost 175,000 — Oregonians voted two-to-one to reject illegal-immigrant driver cards. Many Democrats who opposed the cards, no doubt, premised their votes on the knowledge that legal driving privileges would have attracted more illegal immigrants to our state and enabled them to reach their jobs more easily — which would have meant ever-fewer jobs for their low-income fellow Oregonians.

Economically-vulnerable Americans, to whose interests the Democratic Party purports to be vitally committed, would be better served by the illegal-immigration policies of Donald Trump than by those of Hillary Clinton. That knowledge should lead many Oregon Democrats, especially those who opposed driver cards, to support “The Donald” in November — and in doing so to help brighten the economic prospects of their poorer fellow citizens.

Richard F. LaMountain of Cedar Mill served as a chief sponsor of the 2014 referendum via which Oregon voters rejected illegal-immigrant driver cards

Letter author:
Elizabeth Van Staaveren
Letter publisher:
Yamhill Valley News-Register.com
Date of letter:
Friday, October 14, 2016
Letter body:

Published Oct. 7, 2016

Thanks to Ron Noble for offering his services as state representative from House District 24.

He, not his opponent, has made clear his thinking on a number of specific public issues by replying to the Oregon Abigail Adams Voter Education Survey. Immigration is likely the most important issue facing our nation and the state, and generally it is not examined carefully enough.

Our natural resources, on which all life depends, are dwindling due to overpopulation. Oil will be used up in this century. Fracking depletes potential growth of oil supplies. Wind power, solar energy, etc., cannot support the huge and growing global population.

Already Europe and the United States are besieged with immigrants attempting to enter, while U.S. population growth also is out of control due mainly to unrestricted immigration. Water shortages are becoming more of a problem. U.S. citizens are leaving the turmoil and dangers of crowded cities for more livable places. McMinnville businesses and government workers have profited in the short run from so many newcomers, but this prosperity is temporary and will be fleeting as the tide of more and more people continues.

Ron Noble’s answers to the Abigail Adams survey on immigration questions reveal some understanding of the larger issues. He supports a constitutional amendment to require proof of U.S. citizenship to register to vote. He supports requiring all Oregon employers to use the federal E-Verify system to determine the employment eligibility of new hires.

Elizabeth Van Staaveren

Letter author:
David Olen Cross
Letter publisher:
East Oregonian
Date of letter:
Friday, October 14, 2016
Letter body:

Published October 7, 2016

Donald J. Trump in his campaign for president has identified illegal immigration and the crimes committed by illegal immigrants as significant problems facing our country. Trump has an immigration plan centered on national security and public safety.

Any concerned citizen voter who wants to validate Trump’s stand on illegal immigrant crime can simply go to the U.S. Federal Bureau of Prisons inmates statistics website and add up the most recent numbers on inmate citizenship.

It indicates 42,401 prisoners in the federal prison system were foreign nationals; that’s over 22 percent of federal prison population. In the federal prison system there were 28,264 Mexican nationals incarcerated; they were 66.7 percent of the foreign nationals in federal prisons.

The U.S. Federal Bureau of Prisons breaks down the federal prison population into 13 types of offenses. Federal prisons had 15,990 inmates, 8.8 percent, incarcerated for immigration crimes.

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has two components, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and U.S. Customs and Border Protection that are at the forefront of enforcing federal immigration law.

Two groups, the National Immigration and Customs Enforcement Council, the union of ICE officers, and the National Border Patrol Council, the union of CBP Agents, have endorsed Donald J. Trump for President of the United States of America.

David Olen Cross
Salem

Letter author:
David Olen Cross
Letter publisher:
SJ Statesman Journal
Date of letter:
Friday, October 14, 2016
Letter body:

Donald Trump, in his campaign for president, identified illegal immigration and the crimes committed by illegal immigrants as significant problems.

Trump has an immigration plan centered on national security and public safety.

Any concerned citizen voter who wants to validate Trump’s stand on illegal immigrant crime can simply go to the U.S. Federal Bureau of Prisons inmates statistics website and add up the most recent numbers on inmate citizenship, which indicate 42,401 prisoners in the federal prison system were foreign nationals.

That’s over 22 percent of the federal prison population. In the federal prison system, there were 28,264 Mexican nationals (66.7 percent of the foreign nationals in federal prisons).

The U.S. Federal Bureau of Prisons breaks down the federal prison population into 13 types of offenses; federal prisons had 15,990 inmates (8.8 percent) incarcerated for immigration crimes.

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has two components: U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) that are at the forefront of enforcing federal immigration law.

Two groups, the National Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Council, the union of ICE officers, and the National Border Patrol Council, the union of CBP Agents, have endorsed Trump for president.

Letter author:
various
Letter publisher:
various
Date of letter:
Tuesday, October 11, 2016
Letter body:

The Buffalo News

Letter: Keep America’s tax dollars for citizens and not refugees

October 11, 2016

My heart goes out to Barb and Jon DeLong after reading their very real concerns with appropriate pay for those they depend on to take care of their daughter, one of our most vulnerable citizens.

As a concerned conservative, it brings a question to mind: Why is it that our federal and state government has an endless pool of our tax dollars to import and take care of Middle Eastern refugees and children, then their families from Central America? Why is it they have an endless pool of our tax dollars to take care of illegal immigrants from Mexico?

We don’t have the tax dollars to care for our most vulnerable. We don’t have the tax dollars to give increases to Social Security for our seniors. We don’t have tax dollars to take care of our veterans. We don’t have the tax dollars to properly fund Medicare for our seniors.

We cannot afford to be a welfare state with an open border. With the election but one month away, please ask yourself, can we afford to take care of the rest of the world while ignoring the needs of our citizens here at home?

I for one will vote to take care of America first and to make America great again this year. I hope you will too.

Bruce Dittly

North Tonawanda

http://www.buffalonews.com/opinion/letters-to-the-editor/letter-keep-americas-tax-dollars-for-citizens-and-not-refugees-20161011

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philly.com

Letters: Kenney's political ploy to protect illegal immigrants

October 10, 2016

ACCORDING TO Daily News writer par excellence Stu Bykofsky, Mayor Kenney seems to be in a bit of a snit over Northeast Representative Martina White's brilliant political chess move called House Bill 1885, which targets Sanctuary Cities.

The question is, why?

Federal law is clear on this issue, and if the mayor brazenly decides to defy this law, you have to pay the price in cold hard cash, which will go to the families affected by Kenney's disregard for federal law.

Kenney wants to protect illegals because they mean more Democrat votes, that's all. Kenney knows that if the Democrat unions are to maintain power, they must stack the voting deck with illegal bums and criminals who will vote Democrat, in every election, in exchange for taxpayer-funded handouts for life.

Endangering Philadelphia citizens for a handful of votes seems a sinister ploy, but what else can be expected from a city that demands the removal of a statue of Frank Rizzo, the last symbol of law and order in the City of Brotherly Love?

Kenney accuses White of "dancing with the devil" with her dual efforts to pass HB 1885, and elect Donald Trump as president. But, this statement simply demonstrates how badly liberal Democrats such as Kenney underestimate the firm resolve of conservative Republicans like White.

"Dance with the Devil"? Conservative Republicans would stride down the scarlet throat of hell itself, and dice for the devil's throne, to pass this bill, elect Trump as president, and erect of statue of Trump, in the heart of Philly, as a symbol of this Republican victory.

Stuart Caesar
Philadelphia

http://www.philly.com/philly/opinion/20161010_Letters__DN_letters__Kenney_s_political_ploy_to_protect_illegal_immigrants.html

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ydr.com
YORK DAILY RECORD ˖ YORK SUNDAT NEWS PART OF THE USA TODAY NETWORK

October 9, 2016

Toomey stands for strong national security

In the U.S. Senate race, my top priority in selecting a candidate is their stance on national security. Every time I turn around the country is getting attacked by another terrorist, and it has to end.

Pat Toomey has stood strong against the Iran deal. This deal gives $150 billion American taxpayer dollars to the world's largest sponsor of terrorism, Iran. Toomey's opponent McGinty fully supports this deal. She believes that if we only give Iranian terrorists more of our money that they will end their ways.

Toomey also supports ending dangerous sanctuary cities. Sanctuary cities force local police to release illegal immigrants who are known violent felons or gang members if there is not enough evidence to keep them. McGinty would allow Sanctuary Cities.

Katie McGinty needs to wake up.

The choice is clear. Pat Toomey will protect us from those who want to kill Americans. Katie McGinty will not.

Chris Reilly
York Township

http://www.ydr.com/story/opinion/readers/2016/10/09/letters-trump-toomey-and-hillary/91837080/

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Montgomery
Media

mongomerynews.com

LETTER: Sanctuary cities should not get our support

October 09, 2016

To the Editor:

In a Sept. 22 article in the Inquirer, Mayor Kenney suggests that Rep. Martina White should spend more time working on school funding rather than proposing a law which would be “incredibly dangerous” by withholding funding from the sanctuary city which the mayor enthusiastically supports. He states that school funding would afford a safe, stable learning environment for children. Would school funding have saved the young rape victim of illegal alien Anguirre-Ochoa, which the Mayor’s sanctuary city policy has protected? Hasn’t the mayor’s policy been “incredibly dangerous” to this innocent child, or doesn’t she count? By holding the municipality financially responsible, Rep. White’s bill would allow at least some financial restitution for the permanent damage done to the victim and/or their families.

Mayor Kenney worries that Rep. White’s bill would make it less likely that an illegal alien would report or act as a witness to a crime. Is the goal of the sanctuary city policy to encourage and protect only illegal aliens? Isn’t the prime responsibility of our elected officials to defend Americans against those who violate our sovereignty and the integrity of our borders? Shouldn’t funding be restricted to only those communities that abide by our laws?

Illegal aliens may not trust the police. Philadelphians should not trust this mayor.

Maargaret W. Adelsberger, Willow Grove

http://montgomerynews.com/articles/2016/10/09/public_spirit_willow_grove_guide/opinion/doc57f7b13e2cf47721671278.txt

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Messenger-Inquirer

Time to take back our country with Trump

October 9, 2016

I support Trump because he projects strength, leadership and decisiveness. He has the common sense approach to problems, not the politically correct approach. Trump will be proactive. Trump will be a leader of the people and for the people. He says he's for Americanism not globalism.

He won't apologize for Americans. He has conservative principles and will be for all people, no matter their race, creed or religion. He has no ties to special interests.

Trump will be an agent of change and will take our country back to law and order. One of his priorities would be to build a wall to cut down on illegals and drugs. The Democrats are trying to replace the core of this country with immigrants they can control to vote for them.

Trump will rebuild our military, which has been depleted. When he defeats ISIS we can feel free again in our country and around the world.

He also has the goal of defeating Obamacare, reducing taxes and having school choice for children caught up in poor education in some schools.

Be sure to vote on Nov. 8. We have this privilege, which many in the world don't have. Let's take back our country after the failed policies of the past eight years.

Betty Baird
Owensboro

http://www.messenger-inquirer.com/opinion/letters_to_the_editor/time-to-take-back-our-country-with-trump/article_2e0a6ed5-cce6-5a44-a036-e3774aef246a.html

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ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH

Black community isn't helped by loyalty to Democratic Party

October 9, 2016

I agree with the Post-Dispatch in the editorial "Blaming the wrong culprit” (Oct. 6) that the main reason for the increase in crime is not race but poverty, and that we make this wrong assumption because it happens that African-Americans are filling the ranks of the poverty-stricken at the highest rate. And I also agree that substandard access to good education, health care and employment networks leaves the opportunities for jobs severely limited.

What I find ironic is the almost blind loyalty of the African-American community and their leaders to a Democratic Party that supports policies that allow illegal immigrants to enter and stay in this country and take many of those few job opportunities away.

Until the black community realizes that for the Democratic Party the desire for more voters will outweigh the keeping of any promises made to them, and start to hold the party accountable, I do not see employment prospects for African-Americans improving anytime soon.

Chris Seibel  

Ballwin

http://www.stltoday.com/news/opinion/mailbag/black-community-isn-t-helped-by-loyalty-to-democratic-party/article_92d0ded3-4772-5e04-a1cb-30530ee1e432.html

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fo fayobserver

Letter: Trump right about illegal aliens

October 9, 2016

The DEA's 2015 National Drug Threat Assessment Summary reports that due to the consequences of government (ie., President Obama's) failure to enforce/control the U.S.-Mexico border, the most significant drug trafficking organizations are dangerous and sophisticated Mexican drug cartels that continue to be the main suppliers of cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine and illegal marijuana. These cartels are responsible for extreme violence in Mexico and many criminal activities in our communities via illegal aliens. Therefore, Donald Trump was correct about criminal Mexican illegal aliens coming here.

In February 2016, the DEA said it busted an ongoing Muslim terrorist operation smuggling drugs. They have an ongoing project "which monitors the network of Hezbollah activities responsible for moving cocaine into the U.S." If they can smuggle drugs into the United States, they can smuggle terrorists.

The National Border Patrol Council testified before Congress recently that the Obama Administration reinstated its policy of "catch and release" when it comes to illegal aliens apprehended.

"We might as well abolish our immigration laws altogether," the House Judiciary subcommittee was told.

Simply, based on the above, our borders are not secure.

According to liberal Democrats like Hillary Clinton, if you want stronger border security, you're a racist. Believe in traditional marriage? You're a bigot. Think it's a bad idea to bring in more Muslims that we can't adequately vet? You're an Islamophobe.

And Hillary wants to increase Obama's 10,000 Syrian refugees by 550 percent? That's 5.5 million more non-vetted Muslims. How many will be terrorist infiltrators?

Dan Barton
Fayetteville

http://www.fayobserver.com/opinion/letters_to_editor/letter-trump-right-about-illegal-aliens/article_7f25c3c5-b5b8-515c-9187-108471207938.html

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Ocala Star Banner
OCALA.com

Letters to the editor

Oct 8, 2016

Clinton and women

Why would a woman vote for Hillary Clinton knowing that she wants to bring thousands of Muslim men into this country. These men throughout history, and even today, abuse women.

The Clinton Foundation takes many donations from the countries that mistreat women. These people are not the traditional immigrants who want to contribute to our society but are bent on changing our society, including treating women as second-class citizens.

Every time I think of Hillary Clinton running for president, I am baffled by the Democratic voter feeling so strongly about their political party that they ignore the corruption, etc. that allows her to do so. Can't you put country first instead of your political party? Honesty, truthfulness, integrity is what America always stood for and still to this day stands for.

Alan McCartney
Ocala

http://www.ocala.com/opinion/20161008/letters-to-editor-for-october-8-2016


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The Christian Science
Monitor

Readers write: US economy

Letters to the editor for the Oct. 10, 2016 weekly magazine.

By Robert Shaw, Monitor reader | October 8, 2016

US economy

Regarding the June 21 blog post that ran on CSMonitor.com, “Will US productivity stagnate or flourish? Maybe neither.”: The article states that “US productivity performance has been utterly dismal ... [in] an eight-year rut.” The US economy is building a permanent state of stagnation by adding entitlements from debt instead of taxes. Immigrants are coming to the United States for entitlement instead of jobs. To build a sustained economic recovery, we need to control our debt and secure our borders.

Robert Shaw

DeLand, Fla.

http://www.csmonitor.com/Commentary/Readers-Respond/2016/1008/Readers-write-Trade-solutions-US-economy

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HickoryRecord.com
For you. About you Every day.

Letters to the Editor: Now it’s America’s turn

From staff reports October 7, 2016

Now it’s America’s turn

“We need serious debate on such issues as trade and globalization and immigration, not pandering promises that he [Trump] nor any politician can deliver” (David Turman, letter, October 5).

That Trump promises are undeliverable is wishful thinking. Presidents have immense discretionary power.  Recall President Obama’s sweeping, unilateral executive amnesties for millions of illegal aliens.

The first part of Turman’s remark is more interesting. And it’s indisputable. There is a need for serious debate on trade, globalization and immigration. Why is it lacking?

Follow the money. Look to the donor class. At the beginning of each presidential election cycle, our globalist, open borders, free-trade donor class makes a heavy investment in the status quo. Recall the $130 million invested in Jeb Bush? The status quo works for the donors. They make sure presidential candidates are equally committed to the globalist, free trade open border agenda.  This takes those issues off the table. So, no serious debate.

Consider previous GOP presidential nominees George Bush and John McCain. Each was as committed to amnesty for unknown millions of illegal aliens as any Democrat. They were ideal GOP candidates for the donors. To be sure, Mitt Romney deviated a bit - at least in GOOP primaries. He quickly got in line for the general election.

Along comes Trump. He’s the reason there is even a vague realization that we lack debate on trade, immigration, and globalization.  Trump, predictably, does not do well with our big donors. See “Hedge Fund Donations: $123 Million to Hillary Clinton, $19 Thousand to Donald Trump,” Breitbart News, July 26.

The open borders, globalist, free-trade elite have chosen. Consider Billionaire George Soros. He’s a prolific investor worldwide in left-wing causes.  He’s Hillary Clinton’s biggest donor - at $12 million (See “Hillary Clinton Is Out-raising Trump 20-to-1 Among Billionaires,” Bloomberg, September 26).

A few days ago Soros wrote in Germany’s largest newspaper that Europe must welcome huge numbers of asylum seekers and economic migrants. It will be good for the economy, says Soros. It will indeed boost demand, consumption, borrowing and profits. Cui bono? Who benefits?

The billionaires have already “voted.” Now it’s America’s turn.

Tom Shuford
Lenoir

http://www.hickoryrecord.com/opinion/letters-to-the-editor-now-it-s-america-s-turn/article_b735a158-8cdb-11e6-be39-2f3f5924c12b.html

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BND BELLEVIEW NEWS-DEMOCRAT

October 7, 2016

November

Once, the framers figured out the way to unite the states without trampling on the rights of state governments. Arizona’s experience with illegal immigration illustrates the importance of the balance of unity and liberty. Some are trying to take both away.

In 2010, the governor of Arizona tried to enforce the existing immigration laws because the state was being flooded with illegal immigrants from south of the border. The federal government, deciding for reasons of its own that it did not want the border laws enforced, initiated legal action against the state. It is questionable whether that kind of federal interference helps to establish a more perfect union.

Fortunately, our system is designed to prevent the federal government from trampling on the rights of the States with impunity. Arizona could file a counter suit, or wait for the Legislative branch to produce new legislation, or for the Judicial Branch to strike down unwarranted intervention.

Will we in November go along with this Government-Knows-Best for everything, or will we vote for changing this idea?

John Schrand, Belleville

http://www.bnd.com/opinion/letters-to-the-editor/article106611702.html

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MyrtleBeachonline

October 6, 2016

What don’t people get, terrorists want to kill Americans, no matter our color

BY DEBRA HAUGHT

Recently I have been diagnosed with anxiety. Is it any wonder?

I recently read a small article in the briefs section of The Sun News that said 858 immigrants from countries of concern have mistakenly been granted citizenship by the federal government. Really?

How can anyone who loves America and feels blessed and lucky to live in such a wonderful country not have anxiety?

Is there anyone in Washington who actually cares about what is happening to this country? I think there isn’t. The FBI dropped the ball so many times where they no longer have people on the watch list. I say once you are on that list, you should never come off.

Am I the only one who realizes that's what terrorists are hoping for? Just behave and stay back for a short time and the U.S. will drop them and then they harm as many of us they can reach!

Yes, we have always been a country that welcomed immigrants. However, immigrants wanted to come here for the freedom, for the chance of having a wonderful life, working for the chance to be part of the country, work for the opportunities that were not given to them in their country. (The key word is work.) They came here because they loved the U.S.A. - not to kill as many of us that they could.

We need to go back to being the country we once were. We need to once again charge people with treason. We don't to do that anymore. If you don't like it here, leave!

If you are upset about something, voice it respectfully. This garbage of having sports players not having respect for our national anthem goes much farther than disrespect. There is no other country in this world where they would receive the salaries they do here. We have become such a Greedy-Me Me Me World that there is no respect.

Yes, our forefathers were horrible to slaves, but they are no longer here and none of us have treated you as they did. I have never disrespected any person of another color, as our ancestors did.

It all starts at home. What we are taught is what we are. I have said before that Martin Luther King Jr. did not want us to be at odds. Our soldiers have fought and died for the freedoms we have, for that beautiful silk flag that we proudly fly in front of our businesses and homes.

My son said that no matter where he is, when they sing the national anthem, he stands still and gets goose-bumps. We need to join hands and make a human wall of love to keep out the bad guys that want to kill all Americans. And you can bet the farm that they don't care what color you are. If you are an American, they want you dead.

We need to allow the grace of God back into this wonderful country. With him watching our back and standing together against our foreign enemies, we may have success in making the U.S.A. the great country we used to be.

May God bless the U.S.A. and all of us who love this country and what it used to stand for.

The writer lives in Little River.

http://www.myrtlebeachonline.com/opinion/letters-to-the-editor/article106458022.html

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e missourian.com

Thoughts About Immigration

Werner Gerstmann, Marthasville 10-06-2016

To The Editor:

I am an immigrant to the U.S. (now a naturalized citizen). I was 19 when I came here. In my birth country the USA was looked upon as “a land of flowing milk and honey,” but when I came it was an economic recession and things were not quite as good as we thought. I had learned a trade “over there” and though the jobs were relatively scarce, I still found a job at minimum wage of $1.25/hr. The reason I write is that I do not understand the big uproar that we should let anyone come here without any hesitation and as someone just said, “Everyone in the world has a right to come to our country.” I would like to tell you briefly what was required of me to become a legal immigrant:

I had to undergo a physical and mental evaluation by an American physician and I had to have certain immunization shots.

I had to have a sponsor or I had to have a promised job here.

I had to deposit $1,000 with the immigration service. (The reason: If for any reason I could not provide for myself there was money to send me back where I came from, or if I was caught of any offense the service could send me back without cost to the government.)

I had to sign a pledge that I would report to the immigration service once a year (and if I did not I could be sent packing).

I was also told that I was subject to be drafted into the military.

If the immigration quota for my birth country was filled, my immigration visa request would be denied (luckily my birth country had an almost unlimited quota because everyone was either schooled well or had a trade and America wanted those kind of immigrants).

Strangely enough I was not required to speak English (and I could not).

We thought over there that these rules were good and readily accepted them. After all, who had the great privilege to come to America.

That thinking seems to be existing even today but our government and many, many citizens think that there should be no requirements for anyone to come. That pollutes the American society from what it always has been � life, liberty aand the pursuit of happiness under a law called the Constitution. When I talk with some legal immigrants here they agree with me, but many illegals seem to think that they should have no restraints put on them to come to America.

Think about this, folks: This election coming up can really keep us sliding down what it means to be a citizen of the formerly great USA. I would like us to go back to what the immigration laws were when I came. They were just and required something from me. It was not free.

http://www.emissourian.com/opinion/letters_to_the_editor/thoughts-about-immigration/article_81344533-7e38-5897-a7cc-cb90368e02c6.html

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Oakland Press
Opinion

Letters to the Editor: Presidential Candidates

Posted: 10/06/16

Country will suffer under Clinton rule

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

http://www.theoaklandpress.com/opinion/20161006/letters-to-the-editor-school-board-and-the-presidential-candidates

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New Haven Register

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Letter to the Editor: Liberals ignore dangers, costs of illegal immigration

10/06/16

A famous speech made in 1995 proclaimed a larger number of Americans were highly disturbed about the number of illegal immigrants entering our country and pledged a crackdown and promise of deportation and tighter security. He said illegal aliens are creating big problems for the United States and we need more border agents to secure our borders. He stated he would stop people from coming into our country and taking our jobs away. He further said he would cut off all welfare and deport people in record numbers. For this he was praised with great ovations and people said he was a great president; this was Bill Clinton.

Now that Donald Trump is saying the same things, he’s a racist, a divider, and against blacks and Muslims. Trump is criticized for wanting to build a wall to protect our citizens; why can’t people who want to come here do so legally? It’s costing taxpayers millions to keep illegals in our country. They have the right to commit murder, rape and robberies and traffic drugs all with the protection of sanctuary cities. Hillary said she will allow our borders to remain open, giving aid, welfare, housing, free college and even use expanded executive action to allow this to continue. No wonder Trump says that the system is rigged. Democrats have already “mistakenly” allowed upwards of 1,600 people who should have been deported to become legal citizens. These people will be supported by taxpayers. All the bleeding-heart liberals only care about votes and rushing legalization before Election Day. This only proves the point that they don’t care about our safety. Illegals and Syrian refugees will never live near Hillary Clinton, nor will they live near Penny Lane in Woodbridge. Let’s not forget there have been 89 murders committed in America by extreme Islamic terrorists since 9/11. Our liberal leaders continue to refuse to recognize the situation; I agree with Trump that we have a rigged and crooked government. As I have said before, it’s time to wake up, America.

Vincent Cirillo
Branford

http://www.nhregister.com/opinion/20161006/letter-to-the-editor-liberals-ignore-dangers-costs-of-illegal-immigration

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ip THE ISLAND PACKET

October 5, 2016 2:58 PM

Letter: Obama refugee policy makes no sense

At his final visit to the U.N., President Barack Obama extolled the benefits and need for countries, especially the U.S., to welcome more refugees, especially for the U.S. to take even more Syrian refugees. Hillary Clinton proposed an even larger number in the past.

Almost all of us are descendants of immigrants and support rational immigration of vetted people who wish to assimilate and become loyal Americans.

However, Obama made no mention of the 858 illegals (or non-documented aliens) who were criminals and scheduled for deportation but, due to another mess up by this administration, were all given full citizenship and released. Some are claiming the number is as high as 1,800 of such illegals. Yes, these true illegal criminals can vote in November, just like you.

There has been considerable criticism of Donald Trump’s son Donald Jr. using Skittles as a metaphor for some being unique out of many. I would have likened it to Russian roulette. Why aren’t Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Iraq - all rich and predominately Muslim - not taking them? After all, Obama is so influential in the Muslim world, or so the press implies.

Why should Western countries, which are predominantly Christian, take millions of refugees, yet those Muslim countries won’t take them (or any Christians at all)?

If you were not aware of these aliens who were to be deported becoming voting citizens, I did not see it in the local papers either.

Richard Geraghty

Bluffton

http://www.islandpacket.com/opinion/letters-to-the-editor/article106176862.html

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       PENN
PA LIVE

Electing Hillary would be troubling: PennLive letters

October 05, 2016

Very soon America's highly politically divided voters will elect our next president. What is extremely troubling to me is that the Democratic Party may be successful in placing their candidate in the White House. If this occurs, Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton would be a president who embraces a long list of policies that are, and will continue to be devastating to our beloved America.

She will be a spokesperson for a political party that seems to be in the process of rewriting Webster's Dictionary to further their socialistic agenda. For example, the word "illegal" immigrant has been redefined as "undocumented" person. I'm sorry, but the real dictionary defines illegal alien as a person who unlawfully enters a country without legal authorization.

We currently house thirteen million plus such individuals in America. What a giant slap in the face to those immigrants who have become citizens the legal way. To be fair, Clinton and company do understand the meaning of the word "border" as long as our borders are open borders.

In fact, her stated plan if elected would be to welcome about one half million unvetted Syrian refugees to our country. Would somebody please ask her how that has worked out for Europe?

So before voting, ask yourself if you really want another term or two of the same old, same old, or could you vote for a non-politician, who at the very least knows that America desperately needs to elect someone with the courage to address its many issues.

RON KELLER, Swatara Township

http://www.pennlive.com/opinion/2016/10/hillary_clinton_10.html

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MILWAUKEE˖WISCONSIN
JOURNAL SENTINEL
PART OF THE USA TODAY NETWORK

Letters for Wednesday, Oct. 5

October 4, 2016

Today’s letter writers discuss language.

Facts don’t change

Somewhere along the way Islamic terrorism became “man-made disasters” and fetuses became “products of conception.” Now we have changed illegal aliens to “undocumented immigrants.”

In each of these cases, we are changing the perspective of what is going on. By changing the focus from Islamic terrorism to a more generic “man-made” situation you minimize the involvement of Islamic Jihadists.

Products of conception being removed from a woman’s body is less traumatic than a fetus, and undocumented immigrants almost sounds as if they didn’t have their paperwork in order, completely reducing the fact that what they have done was illegal.

We need to understand that redefining an issue doesn’t change the facts and shifting the narrative doesn’t make it right.

Mike Braun

Oshkosh

http://www.jsonline.com/story/opinion/2016/10/04/letters-wednesday-oct/91563738/

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THE DAILY NEWS
tdn.com

Letters:

October 3, 2016

Safety first

The Cascade Mall Shooting is an example of our legislators failure to protect innocent residents from crimes committed by immigrants. This young man was also allowed to vote in our elections the past two years. It seems apparent he was a troubled youth but no one prevented this crime.

I contacted my 19th District representatives over a year ago about the safety of Washington residents with the refugee program. Rep. Brian Blake said his main concern was the visa program. Did he do anything about his concerns? Obviously they have failed us, and I encourage residents in the 19th to put new representatives in these seats.

We should be able to go to public places in safety. These things didn’t happen 30 years ago. We have a serious problem in this country and especially our state.

We need representation that puts Washington state residents first.

Gail Bonagofski

Chehalis

http://tdn.com/news/opinion/mailbag/letters-worth-the-work/article_87435179-6b4a-5920-8e7a-175922698332.html

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