Letters to the Editor

Two sides to crisis on the border

What if it was you knocking?

Regarding “Immigrants could be dangerous” (Letters, July 14): I thank the writer for feeling “empathy for those forced to flee their countries.” Yes, immigrants could be dangerous, just like anyone else. But they can also be a blessing for a great country. Yes, they are illegal, but in all fairness, their positive contributions must be acknowledged. The writer also states she will not open the door to a stranger; I understand her concerns. But what if she was the one knocking at the door, wouldn’t she want the owner of the house to open the door? The golden rule is very clear: Treat others as you would like to be treated.

The writer also states the stranger should knock at the door first. But it’s not as simple as knocking at the door when they are “forced to flee their countries.” It is a fact that our immigration system is broken. Most Americans agree we need to fix it. But the question is how? Very simple: Politicians from all parties should start doing the jobs we pay them to do. If not, they should be fired.

Fr. Misael Avila, Riverbank

Obama invited this border crisis

For 5 1/2 years Obama has ignored a law to secure our borders. There was no intent then and certainly no intent now to do so.

Can anyone tell me how 35,000 to 40,000 “children” can make a trip, in relative safety, from Guatamala, El Salvador or Honduras, through Mexico to our southern border? Simple: Obama and his minions colluded with the aforementioned governments to bring these people here. Impossible, you say!

In March 2014, Health and Human Services started putting together contracts for vendors to provide food, housing, transportation, health services, etc., for “an expected influx of 40,000 to 60,000 refugees.” This administration knew they were coming. Now Obama wants $3.7 billion to deal with a humanitarian crisis he is responsible for.

Would it not be more humane to seal the border and send the immediate message that no more can enter the U.S.A.? Our lifeboat is full! This will not happen because it takes a real leader to act and Obama does not want this to stop.

David Foss, Modesto

Is Lady Liberty ashamed?

“Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free.” This quote, inscribed inside the Statue of Liberty, must have produced such relief and inspiration when our ancestors saw it after immigrating to America. And yet, have we no such compassion for others going through similar situations now? The rhetoric of right-wing Republicans is appalling; the border crisis cannot be simplified into just citizens “protecting” our nation against evil, usurping illegals. This is a humanitarian crisis; these children are refugees fleeing thousands of miles from gang violence and poverty.

In 1939, America denied entry to hundreds of Jewish refugees fleeing Germany aboard the MS St. Louis. Which side of history do we want to be on? Let’s learn from this mistake and live by the words inscribed inside Lady Liberty.

Marissa Goodman, Modesto

Why not extend a helping hand?

Living in a country where an education, safety and freedom are easier for people to have than in other countries, it is unjust for immigrant children to be sent back home. Most, if not all, come to the United States seeking and hoping for a better life. Why else would they take such a dangerous journey in the first place? Sending them back would make it more difficult for them to succeed in reaching their goals and aspirations because they probably do not have the same opportunities that we have here in the United States. Considering the poverty in Central America, those kids have the right to live here just as much as we do. They might come from broken homes, homes full of violence and fear, or homes with nothing, not even a speck of food, for them to eat. Instead of sending them back to their “homes,” why not be the helping hands these children need?

Saray Gonzalez, Modesto