Letter to the Editor

Sponsoring legal immigrants is the right course

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Dear Editor,

How do we as Christians address the immigration issue?

We are so blessed to have been born in this wonderful country. I think everyone in the world deserves the same opportunity, but it must be done the right and legal way.

We have a responsibility to take care of our own in this country first. The illegal immigrants that are here are costing our taxpayers $279 billion. How will we save our country from imploding if we keep piling up the national debt?

I am very sympathetic to those people who are living in countries where their lives are being threatened by gangs and the drug cartels. So what is the answer Here is a possible solution. In the 70s when Cambodia was being destroyed by the Khmer Rouge, the people fled to refugee camps in other countries, to save their families lives. They had to remain in the refugee camp until they received a sponsor.

At that time a Christian group of individuals took on the sponsorship of several families. This was a huge commitment, but very rewarding.

People that are fleeing their country for survival have many needs and issues. So if you are willing to personally commit to the time, and financial investment it takes to help a family integrate into another country and culture, this could help resolve the problem. The families we took responsibility for have all become very productive, tax-paying citizens. However, you must realize that these people need to learn the language, to secure jobs, they need housing, and they need food and clothing and a lot of moral and psychological support. Is this the responsibility of the government? Allowing huge groups of illegal aliens to enter our country is counterproductive, they need individual support and mentoring until they can become established citizens---Are you willing to commit your time and energy, and open your pocketbook to help these people?

Respectfully

Corky Krizek,

McCook, Neb.

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  • The vast majority of the people in the caravans are refugees seeking asylum from the chaos in their homelands that at the very least the United States is partially responsible for creating. Seeking asylum is not illegal. And as far undocumented workers go they actually contribute more in taxes than they use in the very few government services they can actually access (education, public roads, they cannot qualify for welfare benefits). (Those who claim otherwise are telling outright lies.) And as far as migrant farm workers go, we invited them here to work in the fields during WW II. After the war the law was changed to make it illegal for them to easily, legally enter the country to work the fields farmers in various parts of the country wanted and still want for the cheap labor. So the reality is both parties have failed miserably to enact humane immigration or temporary work permits for workers we need in this country to harvest vegetables, fruits, and nuts that are now literally rotting in the fields. As we helped to screw up the

    homelands of asylum seekers and because seeking asylum is legal we need to act in a truly Christian manner. And since we as a nation have used cheap labor to harvest crops without providing a viable means for them to legally enter the country we need to work to pass laws to provide the legal means for field workers to enter the country legally to perform the cheap labor farmers want them to do. And real Christians will welcome asylum seekers with open arms, minds, wallets,and hearts. And they will spread the truth about undocumented workers and work vigorously in support of updates to the immigration laws to provide fair, Christian treatment to undocumented workers. Putting children in cages is never the Christian thing to do.

    -- Posted by ontheleftcoast on Wed, Nov 7, 2018, at 3:58 PM
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