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David West: Four points made about immigration crisis

Texas Department of Safety Troopers patrol on the Rio Grand along the U.S.-Mexico border, Thursday, July 24, 2014, in Mission, Texas. Texas is spending $1.3 million a week for a bigger DPS presence along the border. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, Pool)

Texas Department of Safety Troopers patrol on the Rio Grand along the U.S.-Mexico border, Thursday, July 24, 2014, in Mission, Texas. Texas is spending $1.3 million a week for a bigger DPS presence along the border. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, Pool)

To the editor:

I was thinking about the immigration problems we are having and have the following observations.

1. People who say put them on a bus and send them back are just ignorant. No one and no country wants to be known for that giant blunder, if we were stupid enough to make it.

2. A good comparison to carry us through this is: Your neighbors’ (whom you don’t particularly like or maybe more accurately didn’t understand) house is on fire and you know they have kids and a dog. Do you call the fire department and sit in the yard and watch it burn? I dare say no; you run around the house looking for a way in or break in and take your chances. The fire has come to us and we have to respond appropriately.

3. We do have to send them back to the country of origin if we deem they will be safe (a very hard conclusion to make) because the onslaught will not stop if the parents think their child will have a better life here than where they are. It is human nature if where you are is awful.

4. We are in spite of our shortcomings a land of plenty and opportunity and people will keep coming. We need to come to a logical immigration policy. Our far right and far left need to find a middle ground. If they are both unhappy with the outcome of the final bill then they succeeded.

As a country we have to stop migrating to the right and left, listening to our supposed leaders.

Leaders help us find the middle, not push us to either end.

Look at the Mideast, their difference have destroyed their countries, not made them great. We always have choices to make. We need to try and make good ones.

David West


Legacy Comments4

We already let over a million people immigreate to this country each year. What about following the rules already on the books? Why should we have open borders and let anybody self immigrate which is what is happening now? No country in the world can exist with open borders. I wonder what Martha Coaxley's position is on this? We know the gov wants to put thousands of the kids in Chicopee. Where does Martha the presumptive democratic nominee stand on this position? Should they go to Chicopee? Has she been asked this question? I'd love to hear her response.

I'll tell you what but Southampton has recently been giving Easthampton a run for their money.

A quick response to Dave's four points: 1) Referring top people as being ignorant about returning children to their 'home' country is a little harsh. A person may disagree with your opinion without being considered an idiot, uninformed as to why the sudden influx of children across our Southern border. 2) Bad comparison to a neighbor's house, Dave. Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador are not neighbors but in the proximity thereof. Any proof that these countries are committing human rights violations on their citizens has not been shown, and if such was the case, why isn't the entire population )parents of these children included) seeking refuge in the US. 3) Seems logical to me that the parents of children in, say, Botswana, Rwanda, Bangladesh, Ukraine et.al, would surely feel the same way. Shouldn't we put out the word to have ALL their children come here as well? Shouldn't we accept all the children living in poverty the world over come here. Imagine the cost of providing services to all these poor people. But I'm sure you wouldn't mind paying higher taxes to support them, would you Dave. Or am I just being 'ignorant.' 4) A land of plenty didn't get this way by over stressing its healthcare system, it's educational system, or it's justice system. We have NO idea what diseases these children have. We have NO idea how many belong to the horrific gang known as MS-13. We have NO idea if terrorists have infiltrated the ranks of these children. You make no mention of these concerns in your article. Who is it exactly that's being ignorant. I know you're not an ignorant man, but before you write an article larded with emotional content, you may want to include some facts in your presentation of humanitarian goodwill.

Bookman's concerns about Gangs or Terrorism can be taken seriously and a comprehensive Immigration Policy could include how to handle the problem. We can track our kid movements to the point where parents can almost know where they are at any moment. The concern about disease is Fear Mongering that the weakest politicians have used since the beginning of our Democracy and can be countered with reality and past experience. We had Hundreds of thousands of immigrants come to our shores through Ellis Island there were people who were sick and people who where dishonest and we have mostly worked our way through the problems they caused. We cannot hide from the realities of the world. Aboli is in Africa, with modern transportation it could be in any other country in days. That does not means we crawl in a hole and hide, we try to build logical defenses against it. So the fact are flawed and probably any immigration policy that is proposed by any party or individual will be flawed. But the reality is we can't get a real proposal past 1st base and it is a shame.

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