Respect immigration laws As the debate goes on over whether to grant amnesty to 10 million immigration criminals, much has been left out of media reports. Legal immigrants are interviewed and required to understand English, and sponsors must submit documentation of their ability to support them.
They also must submit to physical exams, fingerprinting and police checks dating back to when they where teenagers. They are not eligible for food stamps and other welfare benefits.
In addition, there are thousands of people who are waiting in line in China, India and Europe to come here legally. They have respected our immigration laws and process.
Immigration is like making a soup. Any good cook knows you don’t overload it with one ingredient. America is a melting pot; overloading it with one massive group would throw society out of whack.
Whatever name, or lack of a name, the media and the president want to give them, you are a criminal if you have entered this country illegally or overstayed your visa. Since our president has family members who violated U.S. immigration laws, he shouldn’t be involved in this at all.
I can support an organized, supervised guest worker program with housing and medical supplied by those companies that employ them.
Gregory J. Steinmuller
Sacrificing American blood The war in Afghanistan goes on with the continued loss of life, both military and civilians, of those who are trying to bring democracy to this nation. Our military leaders tell us when we pull out our troops, the country will be no closer to a democracy than when we set the first boot on the ground. Angelina Jolie, on a recent trip, started a school for girls. We thank Angelina for her kindness, but what happens to this school when our troops leave? We all know how the nation of Islam feels about girls/women wanting an education. We’ve seen it time and again. It’s virtually a death sentence for those females who want a place in a democratic society.
So here we are, years after our first incursion into the Middle East, namely Iraq. And look what’s going on there today, in spite of all the American lives spent to bring democracy to that nation. Even before the last of our troops leave Afghanistan, their leader demeans the many sacrifices of our young men and women, who only wanted to bring freedom to the people of this nation. And now we have a maniac in North Korea threatening us.
Unlike the Middle East, we have a democratic nation, South Korea, that was saved from the fate of their northern countrymen with the blood of Americans and our allies who fought that war. At least in Korea, we found a nation, South Korea, that prospered and today enjoys the freedom of a democracy.
America must be cautious in its efforts to guarantee freedom and democracy around the globe. We must not sacrifice our youths on nations that do not welcome us or our ideals. No more Iraqs, no more Afghanistans.
Move the cheese North Korea is the classic example of “the mouse that roared.” Ditto, Iran. I suggest we move the cheese by ignoring the little rodents and attending to more pressing matters at home and abroad.
Quick strike Enough pompous interjections from this pint-sized, tin-horned dictator in North Korea. Somebody, send him a copy of the Trib. When he bends over in his driveway to pick it up, we can show him how accurate our cruise missiles are.
Thatcher’s freedom In your “Our Views” rant last week about Margaret Thatcher’s fierce commitment to personal and economic freedom, you forgot to rant about her fierce commitment to maintain the status of apartheid in South Africa. Thatcher’s definition of freedom was very limited and did not apply to all.
Archie B. Harmon Sr.