Letters to the Editor — Why Can’t No One Solve Our Immigration Crisis?
Partnership with border towns
Subject: “Operation Lone Star Imperfect But Necessary—The State Must Step In Where The Feds Won’t,” Thursday editorial.
Democrats want secure borders, but how to achieve that effectively and humanely is vastly different from how our Texas politicians support. As long as ordinary people are oppressed by extreme poverty, natural disasters, murder and extortion by drug cartels and corrupt government officials, they will come to the country they see as a place of hope – and Texas needs them!
Instead, work with countries of origin to alleviate human misery and fix our immigration laws, which are outdated, cumbersome and difficult to administer. It would take a serious bipartisan effort on the part of Congress. If politicians wanted this problem solved, they would do it and not make it an easy, political “red meat” issue!
This editorial states that the federal government does not partner with border states. Yet in the September 2 article, “El Paso: No State Funding,” I read that El Paso runs its own bus program and does not take state funding because of the frustration with the governor’s “distorted narrative of border chaos,” and instead coordinate with “New York City organizations and authorities.” Partnerships go both ways!
Maybe our governor should partner with the border towns and save that $12 million for education, the power grid, and more!
Judith Dishong, Plano
Secure, yes; this way, no
Securing the border is important, but Operation Lone Star is not the solution. You admit that it is ineffective since federal policies have the most impact in the areas concerned. But you’re not condemning Governor Greg Abbott for not finding better solutions.
Restricting access to jobs is well known to be effective in reducing illegal immigration, and the Texas Legislature can do this without federal intervention through Texas Employer Texas Laws. Why did Abbot ignore this path?
In my opinion, like most other government and business leaders, he realizes that drastically reducing the number of migrant workers would be an economic disaster for Texas, so he chose voter-friendly policies and support to businesses under the table, but no real impact on reducing illegal immigration.
Operation Lone Star maintains access to illegal workers at below-market wages while spending billions of taxpayer dollars. The scapegoat for his failures is federal politics, but I don’t think so. And neither do you.
Randy R. Irvin, Denton
Start with the root causes
Re: “Drones, helicopters, chases – Some cite lower migrant numbers, but critics say surge has little impact”, Sunday article.
This front page article on our immigration issue was very informative. It is heartening to see stories that go beyond political rhetoric to show just how multifaceted and complicated the immigration problem is.
I am happy to see that a former politician, Poncho Nevárez, realizes that “what has to happen is that our government at the highest level has to solve this problem according to the root causes”. These root causes are political and economic instability in many Central and South American countries and poor diplomatic relations with most of these countries.
The root causes will not be solved by political campaign rhetoric or Operation Lone Star. All politicians at the state and federal levels must work together pragmatically to solve the immigration problem. Unfortunately, too many politicians just want to use the immigration issue for sound bites to use in their next campaign.
Richard Bach, Garland
Look further south
According to Governor Greg Abbot, “most of America hasn’t really understood the magnitude of the problem we have at the border.” With all due respect, Governor, the “magnitude of the problem” is not at the border, it’s further south.
For more than 100 years, the United States has relentlessly projected its power into Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador and Nicaragua to advance its national interests. In the last century, Congressional fear of communism helped spark violence in the region that killed hundreds of thousands and created extreme poverty, homelessness and refugees.
These interventions made the nations of Central America poor and unstable. CIA-orchestrated coups and the exploitation of their resources by American corporations are the main reasons why families with young children, risking their lives and their physical integrity, embark on the perilous journey to our borders. southern.
In my opinion, Abbot’s $4 billion project to “protect” Texas is a dismal failure. Better results might have been expected if so much money had been invested in revitalizing Central American economies so that their citizens would have no good reason to leave the comforts of their homes.
Hadi Jawad, Farmers Branch
Outreach Coordinator, Amnesty International, Dallas Group
Other states couldn’t handle this
Politicians in New York, Washington, DC and Chicago who pretended to welcome immigrants are now complaining about receiving a few immigrants transported from Texas by Governor Greg Abbott. They would do their best to reinstall them, while demonizing the governor of Texas for his “inhumane and politically motivated” policies.
I wonder what they would do and how they would act if they received the large number of people who pass through our state each month.
David Smith, town of Royse
Every time I read about the Governor’s bus strategy, I wonder if the stories of this activity go back south of the border, and potential immigrants think, “If I can just get to Texas, they’ll take them by bus to New York or Chicago. The governor appears to be promoting counterproductive action.
James Francis, Carrollton
Get tickets for foster children
The Dallas Morning News reported that Governor Greg Abbott spent more than $12 million busing immigrants to various cities. That’s $12 million he didn’t spend on the foster care system. How about giving those poor kids a break and asking them if they’d like to be bused to a state that cares?
Karl Bowman, Arlington
At this rate, the migration will stop
As long as we are a democracy, the border will see people fleeing from socialist or communist regimes. Ask anyone from Venezuela why they are going there. Yet many of our young people want to change our country because they think it is not a good country.
When we come to a system of socialism as a government, you will see immigration stop. And at the rate we’re going, it won’t be very long.
Harry Bomberger, flower mound
Hire border agents, not the IRS
Governor Greg Abbott’s buses delivering new migrants to New York have drawn national attention to what is a national problem, not just a problem for southern border states. But it should also draw attention to the question of where all these people land in the United States after crossing our southern border. How do they find housing, food, transport, jobs, medical assistance, schools for their children, etc.? ?
The number of new migrants arriving every day is staggering, so how is this border crisis handled by our federal government? We need many more border patrol officers to enforce our southern border. Instead, we get 87,000 more IRS agents.
Tom Hopkins, Garland
What could NY send us?
Governor Greg Abbott’s direct approach to immigration is neither charitable nor in the spirit of fair play. He’s just lucky the Governor of New York didn’t reciprocate by sending a bus full of Jets players.
Bob Ory, Chicago
Path of reform and citizenship sought
Subject: “No Serious Game”, by Marvin Noble, August 29 Letters.
Regarding this letter, I have to disagree with the statement “The border is not secure…” Here’s why:
Since January 2021, U.S. Customs and Border Protection has recorded over 3 million border stops. Stopping 3 million people at the border indicates less that the border is not secure than an effective response to securing our border.
Since January 2021, 52% of those arrested (about 1.6 million people) have been removed from the United States by deportation in a short period of time, according to CBP. The others were either held without bond or released in the United States. Either way, they face legal action that will most often result in deportation. And statistics show that most migrants show up for these hearings. Again, this seems efficient and indicates a secure border.
Finally, how many migrants enter the country undetected? The Department of Homeland Security says it detects more than 90% of people crossing the border using the surveillance technologies that now cover it. And this percentage increases with the added detection systems. So, even without a wall studded with Soviet-style machine guns, our border is secure and becoming increasingly secure.
But I agree with Mr. Noble on his last point. We need immigration reform, but in the form of laws that would pave the way to citizenship for young people covered by the DACA policy and revisions to the ways legal immigrants can obtain citizenship.
Arnold Grothues, Arlington
Finding a solution for Dreamers
Amid the alarmist rhetoric about immigrants here in Texas, we can lose sight of it. Immigrants, regardless of their status, contribute greatly to our economy and our communities. DACA recipients, or “Dreamers”, in particular, had no choice but to come to our country and came here when they were very young. They are our neighbours, our classmates, and they often hold essential jobs, like health care, in our communities. Many pay taxes that support our communities. And yet they live under the constant threat of being evicted from the only home they have ever known.
It is high time for Congress to pass a permanent solution for the Dreamers, including a path to citizenship. The Dream Act of 2021 (S.264) is currently at the Senate Judiciary Committee. We should urge Senator Patrick Leahy, chairman of the committee, to withdraw this bill from committee, and our senators to vote for this bill, in order to relieve the “dreamers”.
Sarah Berel-Harrop, Farmers Branch
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