Letter: Illegal immigrants should be responsible for actions

Editor,

Your edition of Saturday, July 14, 2018 contained two letters, one from Ed Hickey and the other from Richard Ays, that are completely correct.

We have Americans in jails and prisons for acts they committed, and they are now separated from their families. But our legal system says you are not to be reunited with your families until you pay for your actions.

We also have thousands of illegal immigrants who have a family separation problem because they have violated our laws, but some feel they should not face the separation problem legal residents have.

You go into a court room and up next to the judge’s bench, there is a set of scales signifying equality under the law. But we know that is not true.

The scales are out of balance with legal residents versus illegal immigrants.

My wife is foreign-born who followed the rules getting into the U.S. Once here, she studied the U.S. Constitution and the structure of American government.

In time, she qualified to apply for citizenship and appeared in Federal Court in Klamath Falls, Ore. and faced that judge with all his questions. She walked out of the courthouse an American citizen.

She has lived up to her obligations by paying all those many taxes and voting.

Over my working years many of my co-workers, or their spouses, were foreign-born. They followed the rules.

Ays hit on another topic dear to my heart. If you want to have a few extra drinks some night, that is your right. You also have responsibility.

The resulting hangover is the price you must pay for exercising your right to a few drinks the night before.

The same is true with having sex. That is your right, but responsibility goes hand-in-hand with your right. Pregnancy and one of many diseases are all side effects of having sex. But it is your right and responsibility.

Don’t turn to the public for help. You pay the price yourself. Keep me our of it.

It looks like the legal residents will be taxed to pay for the food, housing, medical care and sex life of the illegal immigrants. Whatever happened to that old concept that you are responsible for your actions?

Robert D. Brown

Oak Harbor

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