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Letter: Take more care at U.S. borders

A U.S. Border Patrol agent drives near the

A U.S. Border Patrol agent drives near the U.S.-Mexico border fence in Santa Teresa, New Mexico, on Jan. 4, 2016. Credit: AP/ Russell Contreras

“War on beetle blight needs reinforcements” [Editorial, Feb. 24] mentions the ongoing destruction of the Long Island pine barrens by a hitchhiker, stowaway pine beetle.

This causes me to inventory the disastrous damage invasive species have brought. We have for years battled HIV, which is of African origin, and now the new scourge of Zika.

Our irresponsible government insists on being politically correct and permitting travelers to wander in and out of our country. This courtesy must end. People should not be permitted to come from a foreign nation to our shores unless thoroughly physically and mentally screened.

Alex Duschere, Freeport