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Letter: Opinions on immigration, Israel show ignorance
06232018 IMMIGRATION BORDER
People who were taken into custody related to cases of illegal entry into the United States, sit in one of the cages at a facility in McAllen, Texas,In this Sunday, June 17, 2018, photo provided by U.S. Customs and Border Protection. - photo by Associated Press

On the March 13 Opinion page, Mr. Will Morris IV linked our actions in trying to protect our borders to the United State’s “violent past.”

According to Mr. Morris, “when I hear slurs and words like ‘illegals’ used to wound, I think of the dehumanizing rhetoric directed at the Chinese to justify their exclusion” during the 1800s and the Long Depression. He then refers to “hundred-year-old images of Chinese children who were held for months for lengthy interrogation,” which were similar to children who are kept in cages at our border today.

I can’t help but wonder if Mr. Morris is referring to President Roosevelt’s interment of over 100,000 Japanese citizens at the beginning of World War II, after the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor. I was born during the Great Depression and remember the interment of the Japanese, including interrogations, but don’t remember Chinese being under such treatment during that general time period. If this is what Mr. Morris is referencing, it was a national emergency, as is the wall today, and the president had every right to take such action.

I doubt seriously that Mr. Morris has any idea of how our Border Patrol treats children, other than what he reads or hears in quotes by Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and a few other ultra-liberal public figures who know little about issues on the border but are given an unlimited forum by the news media to express their opinion. I am sick of politically correct terms such as “undocumented immigrants.” Last month, according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection, 70,000 people tried to cross our border illegally. These people break our laws and the word illegal is the only proper term for their status. As a historian, Mr. Morris should know that no country has existed for any length of time with “open” borders.

The following day I read Ruben Navarrette’s March 14 defense of Ilhan Omar’s attacks on Israel.

His quote: “She may, or may not, also be anti-Semitic. We can’t tell from her statements.” This woman has expressed hatred of Jews and their country for years. As a Muslim, if she lives by the teachings in the Quran, she not only hates Jews but does not accept Christians or anyone else who does not answer to Muslim requirements. I don’t understand how it is even legal for someone to serve as a representative in our government who answers only to Sharia law instead of our own laws.

Ruben also stated in regard to Omar’s negative comments, “there is nothing wrong with raising the issue of U.S. lawmakers pledging their support for a foreign country.”

Why shouldn’t we pledge support for friendly governments, especially Israel? They are the best friends we have in the Middle East and deserve all the help we can give them.

Conversely, how do we justify giving large sums of money to countries such as Iran that are openly opposed to the U.S?

Monte E. Seehorn

Gainesville

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