I find myself in full agreement with Genny Kline’s letter, “Thoughts on Opposing the President, ICE,” July 31. She correctly criticizes Harrisonburg’s mayor for accusing the POTUS without making it clear it was simply her own private opinion.

Furthermore, along with thousands of other area residents, I support the efforts of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement Office to identify and, as necessary, deport illegal immigrants.

Do I have compassion for their plight? Yes. But they still broke U.S. laws getting here, and many of them will break some more as they attempt to avoid deportation. Immigrants wanting to come to this country do so because, among other things, it has laws that are fair, beneficial and have been put in place by the people — such as our immigration laws.

James B. Martin Sr.

Elkton

(17) comments

Donald

Your point is valid Ms. Sheridan. There are federal laws that make it a criminal offense to knowingly hire illegal aliens and, depending on the number hired in any given year, those who do so face federal prison sentences. Unfortunately, those laws are rarely if ever enforced. Which, in my opinion, is criminal itself.

LVW

You know, I hear the vague claims that ICE does some terrible things, but I do not know what they are. Doe anybody? I mean, as their name indicates, they deal with immigration enforcement, so what do you expect? It seems like they are the punching bag for an ineffective and poorly defined immigration system. I mean, we have maybe 10 million unauthorized immigrants in this country; some people say they are necessary for our economy to function and others say they are all criminals who need to go. Both can't be right. We need some clarity here.

sbsheridan

One of the most thorough examinations of ICE was in The Atlantic magazine in September, and another article in the same magazine in July 2018 explained “What ‘Abolish ICE’ Is Really About.” There have also been articles in the New York Times and the LA Times last year and The New Yorker this year. As you suggest, ICE agents have become a punching bag for our poor system of immigration law. Moreover, ICE agents are now being asked to act as FBI agents, arresting people for crimes committed other than illegal immigration, while the companies that hire illegals suffer no consequences.

prodigalson

M S, the companies that hire illegal aliens should face severe legal consequences. I agree.

Chief601

I am if full agreement that those companies should be prosecuted to the full extent of the law.

prodigalson

With all due respect LVW, we have clarity on this issue, you liberals just don't want to accept it. The $10 million or so illegal aliens to which you refer have broken the law, and need to pay the consequences of their decision to break the law. They need to be found, and deported, which is the job of ICE. ICE is doing its job. You liberals just don't like it because you want open borders.

LVW

Prod: There are millions of undocumented workers supporting entire industries. If you wave a magic want and make them all disappear, those industries crumble.

prodigalson

No, they wouldn’t. Liberal talking points designed to scare voters about into accepting open borders is all this is. If the illegal aliens are gone, Americans will take those jobs. Wages, of course, would increase, as they should, due to market forces, but those jobs would be filled.

prodigalson

Sorry, there should be no $ sign in front of the 10 million in my post. I suppose I was thinking of all the dollars these illegal aliens are costing U.S. taxpayers when I crafted my post.

DANT

Great post James!

BoDuke319

Can you imagine if we treated the IRS like people treat ICE? If people sat around and looked for ways to evade taxes and then discuss in an open forum how to avoid detection.

sbsheridan

That's called an accounting firm.

prodigalson

Well M S, if your accounting firm is trying to help you EVADE taxes, then I would suggest you look for a new firm. Taking deductions that we are legally entitled to is perfectly appropriate, evading taxes by taking deductions that you are not entitled to is wholly inappropriate. Similarly, immigration done the right way, through the proper legal channels, with proper vetting, background checks, etc., is wholly appropriate, and should be encouraged. Immigration done illegally, without proper vetting, background checks, paperwork, etc., is immoral, and should not be tolerated. Anyone who is caught immigrating illegally to the United States should be deported immediately, and those who facilitate illegal immigration should be convicted of their crimes, and imprisoned.

R B Tate

Great answer prodigal. But it might not sink in with your intended recipient.

sbsheridan

So how many poultry plant operators, managers, or owners have been arrested in the recent ICE raids in Mississippi? As for those appropriate deductions, years ago, when Reagan was proposing to simplify the tax code, the PAC associated with my late husband's accounting firm was lobbying against the changes. A simpler tax code means less need for professional accountants!

DANT

Again you nailed it prodigalsn!

prodigalson

R B and Dant, thank you both for your kind words.

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