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Letters: We need positive, permanent immigration reform; Liberals out of control

We need positive, permanent immigration reform


I'm sure people participating in rallies to protest immigration laws or policies are well-intended and compassionate. We're told, though, that those supporting the laws are cruel and anti-immigrant.

Of course migrant children should be with their parents, if they are their parents. But it's wrong to ignore how many children are accompanied by strangers who assist human-trafficking organizations. Separating the authentic from the false is time consuming and expensive. Not separating them is cruel.

Many asking for asylum arrive with false IDs and false stories because traffickers know that they will likely guarantee admittance. Once inside, the asylum seekers can disappear into the population at large to meet unknown fates.

Protesters chant "No ban, no wall, America is home to all. No hate, no fear. Everyone is welcome here." A large majority of Americans disagree. Open borders imply inclusivity and refuge, ignoring the victimization of many migrants before they arrive.

Migrants from Central and South America are victimized by Mexico, which refuses to grant them refugee status according to international law. Instead, authorities allow a bevy of traffickers in drugs, weapons and people extort and abuse them. Who knows how many begin the trek and never finish? Or make it in carrying drugs?

Where were protesters during the Obama administration when the Arizona Independent ran investigative reports on what happened to children in government-paid private detention centers? Air-conditioned tents are far better than what the children had there, at home or when consumed by human predators.

Should wealthy countries assimilate unlimited millions of migrants? Is wealth unlimited? That's not working well in Germany and Sweden. The U.S. government has already paid over $1 billion this year on services for refugee resettlement and placement of unaccompanied minors. Are the organizations profiting at taxpayer expense eager for a border wall?

U.S. taxpayers are not migrant rescuers, but rather enablers, complicit in continuing a hideous system that brings more than suffering people into our country and forces us to maintain it all through social services, prison, opioid deaths, and underpaid workers.

Characterizing a complex, broken and evil system as one that compassion can fix is wrong. So is shaming and condemning those who want positive, permanent change.

Stephanie Brown

River Falls

Liberals out of control


Not only is the mainstream media out of control, the liberals are out of control. The mainstream media and the liberals are one and the same. One can't figure out if the mainstream media controls the liberals or if it is the other way around.

Since President Trump has been elected, the hate by the liberals has been put on the front burner.

• Peter Fonda tweeting that Barron Trump should be separated from his mother and put in a cage with pedophiles.

• Kathy Griffin holding up a bloody replica of President Trump's head and thinking she is a comedian.

• Robert DeNiro calling Trump the "F" word at the Tony Awards

• The Red Hen in Lexington, Va., who told Sarah Sanders and her family to leave her restaurant because she worked for the POTUS.

• Maxine Waters encouraging her supporters to publicly confront and harass members of the Trump administration.

• Liberal protesters confronting Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi at a showing of a documentary about children's TV host Fred Rogers, questioning the Republican's stands on immigration and health care.

• Time Magazine's cover of President Trump standing over a young lady. This never happened. The young girl was never separated from her Mother. Yet, Time defends it.

• Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, getting screamed and jeered at a Mexican Restaurant.

• Speaker Mitch McConnell and his wife Elaine Chao getting harassed outside of their car.

I thought liberals were for love and peace and live and let be. This is the case only if you agree with them and never question them or their policies. Liberals have been on breakdown for quite sometime, but it has been intensified with the hate Trump hysteria.

Liberals want open borders, want tax cuts rescinded, want to keep Obamacare, want sanctuary for all and want Trump impeached. If liberals didn't have double standards, they wouldn't have any standards at all.

Liberals should use some of their hate to confront MS-13 and Antifa.

David Fehringer

River Falls

If employers follow hiring laws, nation will be better off


Why is it OK for a company to break the law by knowingly hiring undocumented workers but not OK for the workers to be "undocumented"? Many companies hire workers without legal documentation without following easy ways to vet them before they start employment, including E-Verify.

U.S. employers are prohibited from hiring any individual, including a U.S. citizen, without verifying his or her identity and employment authorization on Form I-9. Evading this practice has been going on for years and the companies are seldom held accountable for their version of "breaking the law." The companies hire undocumented individuals for low pay and often under horrible working conditions. It is time to enforce penalties for these businesses breaking the law.

ICE should be required to be as aggressive with owners of companies who hire these "undocumented" individuals for many years instead of the current aggressive tactics at the border. Many businesses probably wouldn't survive if they paid a fair wage to U.S. citizens. Is that why this unlawful practice has been swept under the rug so long? A crackdown on these companies would quickly compel our government to find a solution of fairness for all employees.

We likely would encourage immigrants to come here and welcome them into a system to be valued as new citizens and employees. If we want to make America "great again" it won't depend on the color of one's skin or proclaimed religion. It will likely depend on how we treat workers and how we hold businesses accountable to follow the law.

Shirley Matzek


Be the America our immigrant ancestors came here to find


President Trump admires dictators like Vladimir Putin and Kim Jong Un. They have complete control of their people and government. Trump is turning Democrats and Republicans against one another with his rallies, lies and tweets.

We are being pulled into his madness. He now has control of the Supreme Court and will continue to appoint judges to gain further control of the justice system of the United States.

Once that task is complete, the media will come under attack. Broadcast licenses will be revoked using fabricated allegations. Print media will collapse using the same methods.

A crippling recession will follow exacerbated by global trade wars and tariffs. All this will occur while we are being fed lies that the real danger is immigration.

America was created by immigrants fleeing from oppression. All Americans should want the America that our immigrant ancestors worked for, fought for, and died for, not the Donald Trump America of hatred, fear and bigotry, certainly and most positively, not a dictatorship.

Roger Schlemmer