Every day an invasion -- yes, an invasion -- of immigrants is walking into the United States illegally, and there isn't even a fence to stop it ["Immigrant kids need help now," Editorial, July 24].

"Give us your tired, your poor, your huddled masses . . ." was a noble idea, but it is now an antiquated and unrealistic notion. The United States cannot afford the influx brought by illegal immigration. This country won't have the resources to keep up with this flood of people.

I'm not a conservative, just a realist. If we're not careful, the U.S. economy won't be much better than where these immigrants are coming from. Put up a fence and deal with the multitude of problems in this country, and stop worrying about the rest of the world.

Steve Viola, Bellmore

I am appalled that Americans are again rejecting children who are fleeing tyranny, danger and death. We are supposed to be the beacon of the world, the "City on the Hill" that accepts "your tired, your poor, your huddled masses." Yet, xenophobes and bigots have again thrown coals on the fire of hatred.

In Arthur D. Morse's 1967 book about the Holocaust, "While Six Million Died," the same voices can be heard discussing a proposal to bring 10,000 Jewish children who were fleeing Hitler into the United States. The discussion in Congress was vile: How can we accept these mongrels? These children of undesirable foreigners will become Communists and spies. They will never be loyal Americans. Anti-Semitism was alive in Congress.

It is amazing to me that we have not learned from the past. Refusing entry to the children from Europe in 1939 led to their deaths, and refusing entry to the children of Central America in 2014 might have the same result. Where is the compassion? Where are the voices of reason? Why must history repeat itself?

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Norm Greenspan, Islip