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November 30, 2018

Slanted coverageRe: “Use of tear gas on migrants intensifies border debate,” front page, Tuesday:This article was one-sided in several ways. As “a picture is worth a thousand words,” most noticeable is three of the four photographs. The two on the front page show children, as does one of the two on Page A8.Are three-quarters of the migrants children? Or are they young men? Not only do the photos focus on children, the two quotes from Texas politicians state that “(President Trump) and his party will do things like use tear gas on poor, hungry, exhausted little children” and, “The decision to gas asylum-seekers — including many women and children — was cruel, unnecessary.”We are a nation of immigrants. Entering the United States illegally is a criminal act. The vast majority of American citizens support legal immigration. Running through car lanes, attempting to climb border fences, and pelting the Border Patrol with rocks and bottles is consistent with a horde attempting to storm the border.As usual, the Express-News presents an unbalanced article, showing bias and presenting fake news. Your readers deserve better.Ronne LippenholzU.S. needs themRe: “U.S. short of workers, can’t lose any more,” Business, Chris Tomlinson, Monday:This column deserved to be juxtaposed to the articles describing tear-gassing women and children, along with the deleterious lasting effects of tear gas, and women being impaled on rebar.I am referring to Chris Tomlinson’s observation: “If we’re down a million workers, we cannot afford to start deporting workers, even if they did not enter the country legally.”If I did not live in this country and were not, along with my extensive family, going to be affected, I would seriously wish Donald Trump would get his wish to exclude all migrants and deport those already here or born here with undocumented parents — and then live to see the effects of these policies on the economy!He is cruel and racist, because he expresses no regret at all for “doing what he thinks is best for our country,” just his own type of righteousness without acknowledging U.S. responsibility for the situation from which these people are fleeing, and while denouncing them for violence and suspected criminality with an understood undercurrent of not being “white.” (I guess being Russian doesn’t count as an immigrant.)If he is not ignorant, then, even worse, he is selfishly acquiring votes by false threats and promises to patriots. He does this while gaining power with executive decisions and trying to change the Constitution. He will do this until it is too late; his supporters will wake up and find they are not members of his elite club like they thought.Here’s hoping Julián and Joaquin Castro, and Beto O’Rourke can turn us back to our prior values b.t. (before Trump). This country was made by immigrants and can be saved by them.“Make America Great Again!” Send Chris Tomlinson’s column to the president (although it will probably be discarded as hazardous mail).Virginia Castro, BlancoJust stay homeI wish Democratic politicians and various U.S. religious groups would not encourage these Central Americans to seek entry into the U.S. The U.S. already has enough social and fiscal problems with its own inhabitants and does not need to import more people to feed, cloth and house.These people need to remain in their own countries and solve their own problems.Walter W. Cardwell

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