Don’t de­port them

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While I am a sup­porter of stronger en­force­ment of our im­mi­gra­tion poli­cies, par­tic­u­larly for un­doc­u­mented im­mi­grants, I can­not sup­port this ac­tion to stop the tem­po­rary pro­tected sta­tus for Sal­vado­rans or those from other na­tions [“Hurt­ing many, help­ing no one,” ed­i­to­rial, Jan. 10].

The key is­sue for me is that they are not here il­le­gally. As a re­sult of res­i­dency ex­ten­sions, the Sal­vado­rans at risk have been here for 17 years, work­ing jobs, pay­ing taxes, send­ing money to rel­a­tives in El Sal­vador, get­ting mar­ried and hav­ing chil­dren who are U.S. cit­i­zens. Should we tear apart fam­i­lies of peo­ple who have been here for 17 years? No, pro­vided, of course, that they haven’t com­mit­ted crimes. Any per­son who has been in this coun­try for more than 10 years and has done noth­ing wrong should be given the op­por­tu­nity to be­come a cit­i­zen of the United States.

It is time that Congress gets its act to­gether and fixes the im­mi­gra­tion laws. Let’s stop play­ing pol­i­tics and con­sid­er­ing what’s best for one party vs. the other party, and do what is best for this coun­try.

Bob Moore, Pur­cel­lville

My good friend “Jo­sue” is a Sal­vado­ran man who has been liv­ing in Vir­ginia for 14 years. He works in a poul­try plant, pay­ing taxes. He is a home­owner, ac­tive in his church and a com­mu­nity leader who helps or­ga­nize the Har­rison­burg In­ter­na­tional Fes­ti­val and other events. The Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion has just ter­mi­nated the le­gal tem­po­rary pro­tected sta­tus of more than 200,000 Sal­vado­rans.

Is the Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion re­ally go­ing to pay to round up and de­port hun­dreds of thou­sands of Sal­vado­rans, Haitians, Nicaraguans and oth­ers? There are 21,500 Sal­vado­rans liv­ing un­der tem­po­rary pro­tected sta­tus in Vir­ginia. Sal­vado­rans are not leav­ing to re­turn to a coun­try with one of the high­est mur­der rates in the world. No one would. The re­sult is that we will have 21,500 more peo­ple in Vir­ginia paid un­der the ta­ble, driv­ing with­out a li­cense, liv­ing in fear, not co­op­er­at­ing with law en­force­ment for fear of be­ing trapped them­selves. And 19,200 U.S.-born chil­dren in Vir­ginia would lose their par­ents. Is this what we want in Vir­ginia and the coun­try?

Sam Nick­els, Har­rison­burg, Va. The writer, a for­mer case man­ager with New Bridges Im­mi­grant Re­source Cen­ter, is a lawyer who con­sults on le­gal cases of Sal­vado­ran im­mi­grants with men­tal ill­ness fac­ing de­por­ta­tion.

Given that the U.S. pop­u­la­tion is some­where in ex­cess of 320 mil­lion, the peo­ple here who are un­der tem­po­rary pro­tected sta­tus rep­re­sent less than 0.5 per­cent of our to­tal pop­u­la­tion.

Their con­tri­bu­tions to our econ­omy are at least equal to that of the typ­i­cal cit­i­zen.

Let’s have a ra­tio­nal dis­cus­sion about mak­ing the best use of this pool of en­ergy and tal­ent in­stead of tak­ing a di­vi­sive and in­hu­mane ac­tion that would leave the refugees and their home coun­tries worse off. John D. Barnes, Chevy Chase

First they came for the Haitians, then they came for the Sal­vado­rans, then they came for me. Gail C. Weigl, Alexandria

With cur­rent news of prob­lems with Sal­vado­rans, “dream­ers,” and Im­mi­gra­tion and Cus­toms En­force­ment raids, we should per­haps see if France would take back the Statue of Lib­erty, as it is ap­par­ently no longer de­sired here. Ray­mond Meyer, Winch­ester, Va.

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