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Featured Letter: We have a right to choose which immigrants to accept

01/16/2016 6:00 AM |

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To the editor:

Diana Gordon’s Guest Spot gave us a summary of an activists’ conference on immigrant integration and a few suggestions for local action. 

Progressive, political writings like hers often hide their “devil” in word choices and a cloak of emotion. The key word here is “illegal” (her euphemism — “undocumented”). The emotion is guilt for inhumane treatment of others.

She would have us give an illegal immigrant a driver’s license. Why? Because, she observes, “They drive anyway.” Do two violations of our laws warrant a “pass?” Why were so many Democrat candidates and elected officials giving their time to the conference? Is the end-goal to have the illegal immigrants use these IDs to vote Democrat?

This retired professor of political science may well have been responsible for teaching prospective attorneys about the Rule of Law. Did she teach that the Rule of Law is critical to the survival of a nation and its values? Or, does she support President Obama’s unilateral use of Executive Orders to circumvent our Constitution and our Congress?

Are immigrants important? Absolutely; the legal ones may well be the primary means to avoid our Social Security default. But we have the right to choose the immigrants we accept — preferably those who, in fact, will contribute economically, will assimilate and accept our values and will honor our laws.

Why do nations have immigration laws? They have a sovereign right to defend what they have and value. Europe is now seeing the mayhem caused by lawless, unregulated immigration: sexual attacks on citizens in Germany, massacres in France, and immigrant camps in many nations. This is not humane. It is anarchy.

If a system cannot be changed through political process, some activists urge revolution by overloading the system, thus causing the system to collapse. Is this what uncontrolled immigration is meant to do? Who or what initiated this flood of immigrants? How do nations identify and reject those that may be committed to retribution, and ultimately the destruction of Western civilization?

Do activists keep emphasizing new problems to divert attention from failure to solve old problems — poverty, crime, drug use, homelessness, neglect and abuse, etc.?

Gunther Geiss, Southold

Top photo: Hispanic worshippers prepare to run from Greenport to Riverhead in 2013 to deliver a holy flame honoring Our Lady of Guadalupe, a popular religious symbol. (Credit: Paul Squire, file)

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