Letters: Reasons for anger over border kids

This June 18, 2014 file-pool photo shows detainees This June 18, 2014 file-pool photo shows detainees in a holding cell at a U.S. Customs and Border Protection processing facility in Brownsville, Texas. The surge of Central American children crossing the U.S. southern border has shifted the politics of immigration. Photo Credit: AP

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People who oppose illegal immigration are indeed "feeling it at home" ["Immigrant kids and American vitriol," Opinion, July 31].

In June 2012, President Barack Obama by executive action suspended deportation of thousands of immigrants who came to the United States illegally before they were 16, and who today are younger than 30.

Today, Central Americans are pouring into the United States without any background checks -- to find out whether they are part of murderous gangs such as MS-13 or have serious illnesses such as tuberculosis. Under the Obama administration, these people are being flown to states such as Massachusetts, Tennessee and Indiana without state or local governments, or police, being notified by the federal government.

Consider that these young people will possibly be admitted to public schools without additional federal funding or local planning and coordination. The potential for overcrowding threatens to diminish the quality of public education for all children.

With more than 60 percent of property taxes funding public education, assimilating these students could require homeowners to absorb even higher taxes. A recent poll indicated that 56 percent of Americans are living paycheck to paycheck. One can easily conclude why taxpayers are so deeply dissatisfied with our feckless federal government.

Michael P. Mulhall, Rockville Centre
 

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This column was right on the mark! Since the election of Barack Obama, the bigots have come out of the woodwork in full force. There seems to be a consensus that long-suppressed hatred may now be expressed without danger of being "politically incorrect." When people see their elected officials being disrespectful of the president, they take it as permission to act in kind -- in public.

Even the most liberal of newspeople have been reluctant to use the term "racism" for fear they will be called politically incorrect.

This country has a long history of discrimination toward people who are different -- barring Irish immigrants from certain jobs and neighborhoods, internment of U.S. citizens of Japanese descent during World War II. Latinos are just the latest to add to the list.

Perhaps if Americans stood up against the disrespect that is directed toward the president simply because he is black, and stood up against the hatred aimed at minorities, the country might emerge from the darkness of bigotry and racism.

Eleanor Wereley, Blue Point

 

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