Re “Trump plan for undocumented immigrants leaves out mercy” letter by Chick Byrd.
I take exception to that letter and suggest we begin with leaving political correctness out of the article. He is referring to undocumented immigrants. He believes the U. S. gives no mercy. Mercy is defined by “kind or forgiving treatment of someone who could have been treated harshly.”
I will remind Mr. Byrd that entering the U. S. is against Federal Law, Section 1325 in Title 8 of the U. S. Code. This law provides for a fine, imprisonment or both. First offense is 6 months in jail and 2 years in jail for subsequent offense. Both also can carry a fine.
When do you recall anyone going to jail for coming to the U. S. illegally? Does this somehow fall under the heading of mercy? They do not go to jail, rather some of them are targeted for deportation and the others roam free collecting benefits from the government.
Several years ago, the government of Yucatan produced a handbook and CD about crossing the U.S./Mexico border. The guide told undocumented immigrants where to find free healthcare and enroll their children in public schools and send money back to Mexico. Many cities within the U. S. became sanctuary cities, which instructed their law enforcement not to cooperate with the federal government when they became aware of undocumented immigrants.
Many of these sanctuary cities are struggling with the debt this has created. Not to worry; it is tax money and tax increases are coming.
I fully support immigration as long as it is done by the law. For the bleeding hearts in the U. S., I suggest you look at the balance sheet in these towns, along with the additional expenses these undocumented immigrants have created for all taxpayers.
Bryson Preston, Little River