Il­le­gal en­try is il­le­gal en­try, and we need not ac­com­mo­date it

Star Tribune - - EDITORIALS READERS WRITE - GE­ORGE J. PEY­TON, Min­neapo­lis JU­LIA BEAUCHAINE, St. Paul

I re­fer to an Oct. 12 let­ter con­cern­ing im­mi­gra­tion. I doubt the writer has ever been to Gu­atemala. I will make the fol­low­ing com­ments:

1) Ja­cobo Gabriel-To­mas is in my coun­try il­le­gally — we are a na­tion of laws; he is break­ing our laws.

2) I have been in Gu­atemala many times — I have man­u­fac­tur­ing in­ter­ests in that coun­try.

3) We fund and sup­port a foun­da­tion that ed­u­cates and trains, etc., many young women in this coun­try — it has been very suc­cess­ful over the years.

4) As far as the state­ment that Gabriel-To­mas es­caped vi­o­lence in Gu­atemala — I would sug­gest there is more vi­o­lence in north Min­neapo­lis and most cer­tainly in Chicago.

I al­ways en­joy and laugh at th­ese cry­ing lib­er­als who write in — to­tally un­der­in­formed. Bot­tom line: They lost, we won — try again in 2024.

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I ab­so­lutely be­lieve in pro­tect­ing our bor­ders, which would pre­vent tragic sit­u­a­tions like that of Gabriel-To­mas from hap­pen­ing in the first place. How­ever, I also have a heart for a “de­cent, hard­work­ing, church­go­ing, tax­pay­ing, ex­em­plary fam­ily man.” Pleas aren’t very suc­cess­ful when we learn that this per­son’s first act in our coun­try was to break the law by il­le­gally cross­ing the border. So what can we do to help him re­turn to the U.S. legally? I don’t know Ja­cobo or his fam­ily. Maybe a fel­low church mem­ber and/or the pas­tor could be­gin rais­ing funds and con­tact­ing im­mi­gra­tion lawyers (pos­si­bly to work pro bono) to learn how to ac­com­plish this the le­gal way. I’m sure this very news­pa­per would print that in­for­ma­tion so those of us who would like to con­trib­ute can do so. Just let me know the where and when.

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