Letters To The Editor

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

April 05, 2006

Control the borders before changing law

Republican Senate Leaders such as Sen. John McCain and Sen. Arlen Specter seem to be intent on implementing an amnesty program for illegal immigrants under the guise of a guest-worker program ("GOP conservatives lambaste Senate immigration bill," March 31).

Immigration is a wonderful thing, especially when it is conducted legally, with proper government paperwork and security checks. Just ask the almost 1 million legal immigrants who receive green cards annually.

But we are under no moral or legal obligation to tolerate or accept the Mexican-flag-waving illegal immigrants now in our country.

Let's first stop the flood of Mexican and Central American illegal immigrants crossing into U.S. territory.

Once that goal is accomplished, we can focus our attention on designing and implementing a limited guest-worker program - one that balances our legitimate national needs with the aspirations of legal immigrants from all corners of the globe, not just our Latin American neighbors.

Brad Botwin

Rockville

If all immigrants flew the U.S. flag

I would like it if all the protesting immigrants were to fly the American flag ("GOP conservatives lambaste Senate immigration bill," March 31).

After all, that might remind present-day Americans that we once were a country of liberty, where foreigners were free to enter the country legally.

Isn't the freedom to live and work and enjoy our lives what we all came here for in the first place?

Jack Crawford

Silver Spring

Poverty underlies immigration issue

I agree with George W. Grayson: "It's time for frank talk on illegal immigration" (Opinion * Commentary, March 30).

The truth is that the elites who control the governments in Mexico and other countries have done little to decrease poverty in those countries.

The problem of illegal immigration is a worldwide issue - felt not just in the United States but also in Europe and other places.

The poor people of the world are invading the industrialized countries, looking for work and decent living conditions.

The long-run solution is for the rich countries to forgive the debt of the poor countries.

Also, our doors should be wide open to products that come from abroad, on the basis of trade agreements that are just and perhaps even favorable to the poor countries that want to sell products here.

Jaime Lievano

Baltimore

Don't welcome those who break our laws

In "Nation is changing, whether we like it or not" (Opinion * Commentary, April 2) Leonard Pitts Jr. writes about change and immigration and seems to wonder, "So what?"

I'll tell you so what, Mr. Pitts.

Our nation is being invaded by illegal aliens who think that they are entitled to services for which most of us pay taxes.

My father and his parents came to this country legally and learned English right away.

We should welcome hard-working immigrants who respect the law and want to become citizens.

But we should not encourage people with no respect for the law to come to the United States.

David Plaut

Reisterstown

No right to enter country illegally

I always enjoy Gregory Kane's columns, but his column "A right to enter illegally? Wrong" (April 3) was outstanding.

The column should be required reading for all our politicians - who seem unable to come up with logical solutions to this very serious situation.

L. Franks

Sykesville

Will the sea swamp Blackwater plan?

The lands scheduled for development near Cambridge are only minimally above sea level ("Senate votes down Blackwater bill," March 25).

If the next 50 to 100 years does bring a major rise in the bay water level, how will that affect this development?

In addition, the proximity of this development to the Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge will place these lots next to a major stopover in the Atlantic bird flyway - which could be a source of contact with the bird flu virus.

Neither of these issues bodes well for a major investment in the Cambridge-area project.

W. T. Merritt

Baltimore

Road policy poses a threat to parks

The Sun hit the nail on the head in its editorial on Interior Secretary Gale A. Norton's last-minute deal that promotes road development in national parks, monuments, wildlife refuges and other federal public lands ("Parting shot," editorial, March 24).

As Ms. Norton departs her post, she leaves in her wake a legacy of policies that directly conflict with long-term protection of America's canyon country, lush forests, rivers and the other special places we visit specifically for their scenery. This policy is no different.

Ms. Norton's policy memorandum paid lip service to the need to protect National Parks and other sensitive lands. But her new policy may allow counties and states to maintain and develop roads across national parks.

This proposal is a disaster waiting to happen that has the potential to significantly harm America's national parks and other special, Western public lands.

Ms. Norton is leaving her post as interior secretary. Her successor should consider revoking this ill-conceived policy.

Kristen Brengel

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