Dampen their desire to emigrate 

The inscription on the Statue of Liberty reads as follows:

“Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, the wretched refuse of your teeming shore.”

The golden rule of the Bible is “do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” The preamble of our Constitution says we are to “promote general welfare.”

None of the above has exclusions. Building fences to exclude people seems to violate these basic American and human concepts.

Allegations that some who enter our country illegally are drug traffickers, terrorists and/or rapists are not reasons to close our borders. Don’t we have a rule that people are considered innocent until proven guilty?

Deporting illegal immigrants back to poverty with no future is not a rational or Christian move. Giving assistance to Central American countries to improve their education system, social structure and allocation of economic resources will dampen the desire to emigrate. We are great enough to accept those that seek asylum.

Bill Giese,


Don’t give implicit permission 

The July 1 Guest View editorial on sex traffickers misses an important element in this complex and tragic issue. No mention is made of the thousands and thousands of men who purchase sexual activities from the victims. No mention is made regarding law enforcement actions aimed at these men. No mention is made regarding the cultural atmosphere that gives permission to men to use women in this way.

Could it be that by leaving the purchasers of sex out of the picture, implicit permission is actually being provided? It is important for all of us to be willing to acknowledge this “looking the other way” and to take steps to implement honest conversations about sexual expression between men and women.

John Hipple,


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