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