The left and right on im­mi­gra­tion

Maryland Independent - - Community Forum - Mike Turner, La Plata

In his let­ter (“Tyranny re­spects no one,” Mar yland In­de­pen­dent, Feb. 3), Rev­erend Hof­facker uses the Statue of Lib­erty, a fa­vorite prop of the left, to jus­tify open bor­ders. So let us pause to ex­am­ine this iconic fig­ure from the per­spec­tive of cur­rent re­al­ity.

The statue was a gen­er­ous gift that re­flected a no­ble sen­ti­ment made in a dis­tant time un­der dif­fer­ent cir­cum­stances. The delu­sional left, among their many utopian dreams, would have Amer­ica bor­der­less, but at what costs?

Any­one pay­ing at­ten­tion will no­tice that the French who gave us the statue are now hav­ing ma­jor prob­lems be­cause of their own in­dis­crim­i­nate im­mi­gra­tion poli­cies. Look at Europe and ev­ery­where it is the same. Europe is be­ing swamped by peo­ple who have no in­ten­tion of ac­cul­tur­at­ing into the so­ci­eties to which they have swarmed. Re­gret­tably, the French now en­dure so­cial un­rest, crime and ter­ror and the sim­i­lar mis­guided poli­cies of Ger­many, Nether­lands, etc., are all caus­ing these same prob­lems wher­ever ap­plied. The re­sult of this mass mi­gra­tion will mean that even­tu­ally Europe may well cease to be Euro­pean.

The Rev­erend fully quotes the statue’s in­scrip­tion of “Give us your tired…” Most are com­ing here for the right rea­sons; they want to pur­sue the Amer­i­can dream of free­dom and op­por­tu­nity. We cer­tainly em­pathize and can­not fault peo­ple want­ing a bet­ter life for them­selves and their fam­i­lies. Prob­lem is, there are those pour­ing into our coun­try that are nei­ther “tired nor yearn­ing to breathe free”; rather, they en­ter and re­main here for their own nefarious rea­sons.

So the statue’s in­scrip­tion needs to be up­dated with an as­ter­isk foot­not­ing that we nei­ther need nor want drug deal­ers, gang mem­bers, crim­i­nals, ter­ror­ists or those in­tend­ing to sub­vert our laws and cul­ture to com­ply with theirs. None of the above are wel­comed and will be de­nied en­try, pe­riod.

Fi­nally, you have to ques­tion the judg­ment of any­one — par­tic­u­larly a pon­tif­i­cat­ing po­lit­i­cal rev­erend — who seems en­thralled by that hero of the left coast left wing loonies, Gov­er­nor Moon­beam, Jerry Brown. For the sake of his con­gre­ga­tion, we can only hope the rev­erend knows more about the­ol­ogy than he does pol­i­tics.

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