Immigration laws exist for a reason | Letter to the editor

A sanctuary city is one that provides shelter to people who are in our country illegally, in violation of federal Immigration Control Enforcement (ICE) law. Actions such as this, including affordable housing, have unintended consequences and attract additional people to our city like magnets and creates a dichotomy that’s never ending.

Our federal government seems willing to deport only those illegals who have a criminal record, a felony or a worse crime. Some consider that to be cruel and irresponsible especially when families are torn apart by deportation. Are not American families accordingly torn apart when a member thereof is convicted of a felony and incarcerated? I fail to see the difference, except the illegal has broken the law twice, once for jumping the border and again upon becoming a felon, while the American has (first offense) broken it only once. However, the illegal gets a one-way ticket home and the American felon can return home when and if his/her sentence is over. No doubt, under some dire circumstances clemency should be granted, but if it isn’t, the family has the option of staying together by all returning to the country of origin — except when the couple is citizens of different countries which further complicates the case. The federal government over many years has created this problem by failing to enforce immigration law and will now attempt to correct the problem and enforce the law so some leniency could logically be expected.

We either have a country based on the rule of law or we have no country at all, and shame on those, including our governor, who purposely violate the rule of law. Unfortunately that appears to include our city. We can enjoy inclusiveness without giving sanctuary to criminals.

Accolades to our city on the empathy it shows to its illegal residents. However, there must be a better solution to the problem than sanctuary. Responsibility rests with the highest level of violation and that is our governor.

— Bill Holstine

More in Opinion

Herman Anderson, proprietor of the Golden Arrow Dairy, purchased the first insulated dairy delivery truck in the area as well as the first electric pasteurizer. This business was a prominent icon in Tukwila until the coming of the Interstate freeways in the mid 1960s. Photo (circa 1940s) credit to Wynn (son of Herman) and Maxine Anderson. Submitted photo
City began annexation era in 1948 with Golden Arrow Dairy

Mayor Charles Baker and future mayor, John Strander, as chairman of the… Continue reading

Summer’s A-Comin’ at the pool!

We’ve had a few runs of sunny days this spring to give… Continue reading

It’s necessary for residents to feel safe

In February, I attended a council-sponsored meeting at the Church by the… Continue reading

Detached housing units could help struggling families

Here is a fundamental truth. Everyone needs to be some place. We… Continue reading

Thank you to those who support the school district

As the school district makes its transition to summer learning and vacation… Continue reading

Exciting news at the Tukwila Pool

The Tukwila Pool has some exciting things going on this spring you… Continue reading

Branching out into Tukwila

You may have noticed some new names in the paper last month… Continue reading

City must reconsider term limits

Let’s talk about term limits in Tukwila. Some people believe that term… Continue reading

How Tukwila fought Port of Seattle’s development plan in 1957

A recently discovered newspaper clipping saved by Helen Nelsen became the inspiration… Continue reading

Let the buyer beware

Student enrollment season is in full swing in the Puget Sound, King… Continue reading

Tukwila School District gears up for 2018

Staff plans for second semester, summer school and next school year.

Discovering the truth behind federal tax cuts

Reporter columnist Chuck Parrish dives into the facts surrounding GOP tax cuts.