Immigration debate

There has been an interesting flurry of letters to the editor recently regarding immigration with many feelings being expressed. It appears some are condoning breaking the law. I usually read letters and seldom see anyone advocating breaking the law except when it comes to immigration. It makes me wonder if people who get stopped by the police for speeding or running a stop sign try to talk their way out of a ticket by explaining to the officer that they don’t believe in the law. I can’t think that would work. Can you imagine stealing from a store and then when caught, advocating that they change that law?

Already the United States allows about one million legal immigrants per year – quite a large number. A recent Gallup poll says that 100 million people worldwide would like to live in the United States. While it sounds welcoming to invite them all into the U.S., obviously, it wouldn’t work. We do not have economic asylum and unfortunately, we can’t give everyone a better life. Tithing with other people’s money (the taxpayers) is not charity. Using your own money, time, or talent to assist those in need is true charity.

Some of the letter writers alluded to the fact that if you are against illegal immigration you must be against anyone with a skin tone different than yours. I fail to follow that reasoning. Our foster and adopted children from various nations were all gorgeous. That had no bearing on how they entered the U.S. What did matter to us was that they came here legally.

Someone also mentioned more deportations. You might want to research that. Turning someone back at the border who voluntarily leaves can be counted as a deportation – a different situation than many think of when they heard the word deportation.

In the past few years I have read about how terrible ICE is when doing the job that taxpayers hire them to do. Then it is said that they “break up families” or “separate families.” Someone asked me recently, “Didn’t the undocumented immigrants break up their family when they chose to come here?” I hadn’t thought of it that way before. I do know that our family was forever broken due to illegal immigration. Those who came here due to illegal immigration made a choice. Our family had no choice and knows too well about separation forever.