Crisis at the border

To the Editor:

There is a crisis at our border. The crisis is our immigration system is broken and there has been no honest attempt to fix it in decades. Our political representatives in both parties have been complicit in the failure to fix the immigration problem to the level of dereliction. This problem has gone back to at least the time of the Reagan administration when he gave amnesty to the large group of illegal aliens. That treated the symptom and not the real problem, uncontrolled illegal immigration.

Since then, failure to act upon that problem has led to there being over 11 million plus illegal aliens in this country. Our elected politicians’ continued failure to fix the problem keeps getting us in the same predicament. The illegal population keeps growing, people have no respect for our sovereignty, our immigration laws, and think they have a right to come to our country.

This problem needs to be cleared up and fixed in an expedient and responsible manner. President Trump’s actions may seem to be rash or illogical but a strong stance to resolve the problem is long overdue. The government shutdown may seem too harsh or overboard but it gets to a point where you have to hold people’s feet to the fire to get them to act.

Sen. Schumer’s comments to reopen the government before negotiations on border problem in the Democrat’s response to President Trump’s address echoes earlier calls and reflects a long history of broken promises. We have been in this situation time and time again for years with the promise if we get a continuing resolution and get the government running there will be cooperation, bipartisanship and reaching across the aisle to achieve an agreement. It hasn’t happened yet, so why should it now?

James Brown

Sonora

California’s hypocrisy

To the Editor:

Yesterday as I walked past a state building in Sacramento, I noticed the flags were flying at half-mast. Concerned that there may have been some tragedy I was not aware of, I went into the office and asked what had triggered this official display of grief.

To my shock, I learned that California was officially grieving the murder of officer Ronil Singh, allegedly at the hands of illegal alien Gustavo Arriaga. I was immediately incensed by the hypocrisy of the state honoring Officer Singh, who had entered the country legally and played by the rules, while they refuse to notify ICE of illegal aliens like Arriaga who should have been deported long ago.

Reportedly, Singh was brutally murdered during a suspected DUI stop of Arriaga, who had been stopped twice before for DUI without being reported to immigration or detained.

What a travesty. Officer Singh’s child will never know his father and his young wife will never see her husband again because “our” state is determined to protect the guilty under the guise of compassion while allowing its citizens to be victimized by known criminals.

What is our new governor’s response? He defiantly vows to accelerate the establishment of California as a sanctuary state even while demanding that the federal government double emergency funding to a state refusing to abide by federal laws. Really?

The hypocrisy of California is reminiscent of the movie scenes where mob bosses murder one of their own and then show up at his funeral to lay flowers. What has happened to our state?

David Peters

Tuolumne

A good deed

To the Editor:

I believe in do unto others and random acts of kindness. Throughout my adult life I have, many times, paid for someone’s meal randomly and anonymously. Most of the time it was servicemen, first responders or someone who looked like they just needed a little something.

Today I had finished my volunteer stint at Interfaith and had run some errands. I was tired and hungry and was looking forward to going home. I stopped at Togo’s for a nice pastrami sandwich. There was one gentleman in front of me. When I went to pay for my sandwich the clerk said, “You’ve been taken care of.” I responded with “yes, I have been and you did a fine job.”

She repeated what she said and I am sure by the look on my face she could see I did not understand. She then said, “that gentleman paid for your sandwich.” I looked out the door and saw a vehicle leaving that looked like it may have been him with the name of a business on it. When I got home I Googled the name but it wasn’t there. So, hopefully he reads “Your Views.”

I want to say thank you, I do not know why you decided to buy my sandwich, but I want you to know that it certainly made my day.

Laurel Utecht

Sonora

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