Reader voices: We come from everywhere

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  • NoNamesAccepted St. George, UT
    Aug. 21, 2018 9:06 p.m.

    @I M LDS 2: "Nobody of any importance is seriously talking about "unlimited immigration"."

    Actually, too many are talking about open borders, or that migration is a fundamental human right. Both positions result in unlimited immigration.

    But more importantly, the vast majority who are not talking about unlimited immigration are consistently opposed to any workable measure to actually control or limit immigration. In the absence of support for meaningful control of immigration, the result is unlimited immigration.

    I believe we need to control our borders and immigration, and limit immigration in both raw numbers and various characteristics like job skills, to both benefit our own citizens and to preserve our ability to help anyone in the future. The following are necessary components and anyone--in either party--who opposes any are really in favor of the status quo, unlimited, illegal immigration:

    1-Serious penalties for employers who hire illegal aliens.
    2-Increased agents on the border.
    3-Improved border physical security: a fence.
    4-Tracking of visa overstays.
    5-Deporting of any illegal alien who commits any crime including driving without insurance.

    Nothing offensive.

  • Rikitikitavi Cardston, Alberta
    Aug. 19, 2018 10:31 p.m.

    There a ton of open border advocates from the left.

  • I M LDS 2 Provo, UT
    Aug. 16, 2018 10:13 a.m.

    NoNamesAccepted,

    Nobody of any importance is seriously talking about "unlimited immigration".

    Where are you getting that straw man?

  • NoNamesAccepted St. George, UT
    Aug. 15, 2018 7:34 p.m.

    Both scriptural and secular history also warn us of the dangers of unlimited immigration. The people Israel utterly destroyed the inhabitants of the land. American Indians suffered cultural and human genocide. Ditto the indiginous peoples of Australia.

    We cannot change the past, nor undo the wrongs committed. But we don't have to repeat them either as villains or as victims.

  • Occidentali Los Angeles, CA
    Aug. 15, 2018 1:43 p.m.

    America is a nation of immigrants established on a system of law. Legal immigration is good. Nations have a right to control their borders but those who defend these principles are called racists. Meanwhile those who demand open borders hate American culture and intend to replace it with globalism. Americans are a humanitarian people, and the least racist of all. Those who wish to swamp America detest her goodness.

  • procuradorfiscal Tooele, UT
    Aug. 15, 2018 12:01 p.m.

    Re: "We come from everywhere"

    Indeed. Yes, many immigrants have made valuable contributions. Yes, families are important, etc., etc. -- all liberal talking points included.

    But, it's also inarguably true that uncontrolled immigration is harmful to the Nation all those previous immigrants built with their blood, sweat, and toil and which we enjoy today.

    We need control of our borders. We need to be selective of the immigrants we welcome. We need, most of all, to preserve America as America -- not as North Chihuahua, East Vietnam, or West Uzbekistan.

    America isn't -- never has been -- a perfect country. But it is the best Nation that has ever existed in human history. But, it's being destroyed by the open-borders crowd, to no better purpose than to recruit new left-leaning voters to replace those of us that have fled the nonsense of left-wing politics. The Left's oben-borders agenda has nothing to do with the long-term success of America, but only their short-term political success.

    It's way past time we pay homage to those immigrants who built America by preserving it for those who may want to come in the future.

  • coltakashi Richland, WA
    Aug. 14, 2018 12:26 a.m.

    In 1923, former Secretary of the Navy Franklin Roosevelt wrote articles for national magazines promoting a bill that prohibited any new immigration from Japan, even though the US and Japan were on friendly terms. FDR's prejudice against people with Japanese ancestry made it easy for him, 19 years later, to order the indefinite imprisonment without trial of 110,000 American citizens of Japanese ancestry and tbeir immigrant parents who had beat the 1923 deadline, including infants, toddlers, women, and veterans who fought for the US in World War I.

    During the US Occupation of Japan, my Dad was an Air Force sergeant, and he met my Japanese Mom at a church meeting. When I was born, the US immigration law considered me a Japanese national, and barred me from ever legally entering the US. Senator Elbert Thomas of Utah, who had served as an LDS missionary in Japan, sponsored a special bill to allow me and my Mom to immigrate to the US. My ancestry through my Dad includes not just Swedish, Finnish and German, but also Italian, Spanish and Middle Eastern roots. But for FDR, all that European and Arabic ancestry did not allow me to become American.