LETTER: Unlawful immigration nonsense must end

Non-enforcement anarchy

Recent events at the Mexican border involving illegal alien minors, shelter accommodations and separation from “parents” have garnered a lot of emotion and publicity.

Filmed footage of children being housed in “cages” has been shown on national television recently and gone viral.

Big outrage.

Then, days later, after being exposed, it was revealed that this was from four years ago (2014), during the Obama administration.

Why no outrage at that time?

Why was it okay in 2014 but not in 2018?

Most Americans would find it immoral to incarcerate minor children with adult criminals.

Entering this country illegally is in itself a crime.

Non-enforcement of laws on the books is anarchy.

It would be difficult to overstate the costs of illegal immigration — especially in terms of human suffering, human and drug-trafficking; and incarceration costs to U.S. taxpayers.

Just one staggering example: 32 percent of federal inmates are aliens — 58,766 of 184,379 total federal inmates — according to a Center for Immigration Studies report on Dec. 26, 2017.

The “fix” here is the Central American governments that aren’t able or willing to provide safe and prosperous opportunities to their residents.

The lawlessness at the southern border for many decades — no end in sight to illegally enter — violate our laws and borders and overwhelm our legal, financial, medical, and other resources; and Mexican presidential candidate Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador stating “mass immigration to the U.S. is a human right” dictate that this nonsense must end once and for all.

Richard H. Lohrman,


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