Not a crisis
Dan Newhouse asks readers of his latest newsletter to respond to three questions:
• Do you believe the crisis at the southern border needs to be addressed?
• Do you support President Trump’s border security proposal?
• Would you support a border security and DACA solution compromise deal?
Yes, border security needs addressed. It does not, however, constitute a “crisis” in my opinion since the majority of illegal immigrants are people overstaying their visas as opposed to those attempting to cross our southern border. For fiscal year 2017, the Department of Homeland Security reported 606,926 suspected in-country overstays, or twice the number of southwest border apprehensions. This pattern has been the case every year since 2007.
It is not a crisis when U.S. Customs and Border Protection encountered only six immigrants on the U.S.-Mexico border in the first half of fiscal year 2018 whose names were on a federal government list of known or suspected terrorists (according to CBP data obtained by NBC News.)
So no, I do not support Trump’s demand for a wall. It is the most ridiculous proposal I have ever heard from a U.S. president. It’s an extremely poor policy solution and a disgustingly ugly statement about Trump’s values. His “national emergency” idea screams of executive overreach for which Newhouse blamed Obama. I guess executive overreach only applies to Democratic presidents.
Would I support a compromise deal? That would depend on the compromise. But yes, the Republicans need to work with the Democrats and start focusing on the issues rather than on who is going to “win” and at what cost. Both parties need to compromise. However, I do not support any compromise, from either side, if it means building any sort of wall. The only thing I can think of that is more un-American than a wall is accepting the help of the Russian government to win the presidency of the United States.
Lastly, according to the CBP website, most illegal immigrants (for fiscal years 2018 and 2019) are from Guatemala and Honduras. Why not help the Mexican government shore up their southern borders?
Pat Nordby, Winthrop
Protect our border
Did you know the drug trade sends mules, horses and dogs across the border to our country and turns them loose in the desert to die? The packs contain heroin and are taken off, the horses found wandering around without food or water and often the packs have infected the animals with sores. Don’t you think we need a metal fence (now the president wants a metal fence — not concrete)? We must protect our border in the south.
Our northern border with Canada does not have vulnerability as the southern border. The border fence might cost $5 billion — so what, it will be more economical in the long term. Why do we put fences up on our own property? To protect what we love. Let’s get together and protect our wonderful country from undesirable influences.
President Trump is willing to negotiate and come to the table and it’s the Democrats who are refusing to negotiate, not the president. I listened to the senator from Texas, Ted Cruz, and he explained in common sense (even I can understand) that the problem, folks, isn’t the Republicans who are playing politics. Isn’t it time to put partisanship aside and come together to the table?
Jackie Iddings, Winthrop