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Migrants at the border: Don’t conflate legal and illegal immigration.

By U-T LETTER WRITERS JAN 06, 2019 | 9:00 AM   

Migrants at the border: Don’t conflate legal and illegal immigration
A man plays with a soccer ball at the El Barretal migrant shelter in Tijuana. (U-T)

Re “Migration’s human drama” (Dec. 30): Photojournalist Don Barletti goes to great lengths in his photo documentary to claim that he has no agenda. However, this is difficult to believe when he claims this to be “one of the greatest migrations in human history,” and makes comparisons to Plymouth Rock, The Oregon Trail, Trail of Tears, Ellis Island and the Dust Bowl.

These are all impactful moments in our history, and as a descendant of an Ellis Island immigrant, I find the ease with which your editors, writers and contributors omit “legal” in reference to immigrants deceitful.

Mike Broder

When immigration activists discuss the issue of migrants coming from Mexico or Central America, they conflate legal immigration with those who either cross our southern border illegally or abuse our asylum laws. They tell us how immigrants have built this country and how horrible these countries are from which these immigrants are fleeing. Because we are a compassionate country, we should allow them all to pour into the U.S.

I have yet to hear an immigration activist call on Congress to increase legal immigration from the 1.1 million we allow each year. If we need additional laborers, we could determine each year what that number should be.

If we were truly seeking to help the impoverished and oppressed, then send a Boeing 747 every day to Liberia, Sudan, Republic of Congo, et al., and bring those people here. That would also make us a more diverse country.

Allen West

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