Letters to the Editor

Blames Congress for lack of immigration reform

As someone born in the United States, I am much more afraid of fellow citizens who believe in imprisoning and harming people for lacking certain documents than I am of my immigrant brothers and sisters.

I believe we have a deeply flawed immigration system in the United States. These flaws can only be addressed through the sort of comprehensive and transformative change that our system has not seen since the 1960s. As long as there is legislative gridlock on this issue, we can expect to see both Republican and Democratic leaders continue to modify the system through executive orders, as they have for the past several decades. Instead of being angry at immigrants, who cannot vote and have almost no say in these matters, The Herald and its readers would be better served by focusing on the ineptitude of federal politicians, who are all citizens.

Unlike many struggling to enter or survive in this country today, my ancestors were welcomed into the United States without identity documents, encouraged to enter the work force, and provided multiple paths to citizenship. They did not speak English upon their arrival and they were not all model citizens, but they were allowed to rebuild their lives here. I cannot help but wonder if the judgments levied by some anti-immigration fanatics have more to do with the skin color of recent migrants than any threat they may realistically pose.

Josh Cerretti