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Letter: ‘We must take care of our own people first’

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A letter in the July 11 Roswell Daily Record was somewhat puzzling. The writer states correctly that it is legal to seek asylum in our country. Then he tells us the Trump administration is breaking the law by turning down those requests.

What law requires the USA to grant every request for asylum?

He mentions “the cruelty heaped on those that do enter (illegally).” Before he makes such charges, he should make a careful personal investigation of the detention centers or at least quote his sources. He certainly should not take the word of liberal politicians as unassailable fact.

He then contradicts himself by telling what a problem we have with 11 million “undocumented workers” (a euphemism for illegal immigrants) who are already in the country. Does he understand that entering this country without a visa is illegal?

These alleged “asylum seekers” are trying to enter illegally. Does he want us to allow anyone of good intent or evil intent to cross our border?

The writer states he has found “at least 22 Bible verses telling us we should welcome immigrants with not a single verse telling us (to) reject anyone in need regardless of their nationality.” He should quote at least two of those 22 verses.

1Peter 2:13 tells us to obey the law. “Be subject for the Lord’s sake to every human institution, whether it be to the emperor as supreme, or to governors as sent by him to punish those who do evil and to praise those who do good.” (ESV)

Would we be doing right by helping someone break our immigration laws? He should help people go through the necessary steps to obtain a visa legally.

We must take care of our own people first.

Russell A. Scott
Roswell