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Viewpoints of Readers: Respondents weigh in on immigration issues by Trump

November 11, 2018

Prior to Tuesday’s General Election, President Donald Trump was putting a lot of attention on immigration issues.

Among the related issues was the caravan of migrants making their way north to the U.S. border, the deployment of U.S. troops to meet them, and his notion that he would issue an executive order changing the court’s interpretation of birthright citizenship that people born on U.S. soil are by law U.S. citizens.

In an online readers survey, The Herald-Dispatch asked readers whether they thought the president’s focus on immigration issues was warranted.

Here are some responses from readers related to that question:

Dina Shipe Lee: “Sure immigration is important. It has been a problem for a long time. But how you change things is not through fear, misinformation, threats and lies. The president is supposed to work with Congress to get laws passed. You come up with a plan, work with both sides. You give a little and take a little. You don’t govern through executive orders, tweets and campaign speeches.”

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Randy Gates: “Did you say anything about Obama’s use of EOs (executive orders)?”

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Dina Shipe Lee: “Yes. I believe that the EO for the Dreamers was not proper. Immigration laws should be changed through Congress. And just a ‘FYI,’ if you start an argument with ‘But Obama..’ you are going to lose. You can’t complain when Obama did it and then when your guy does it think it’s OK.”

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Randy Gates: “I agree, but I prefer to talk to people who can see at least part of the other side. My position on EOs is simple: If they’re legal, they’re legal. It remains to be seen what the EO Trump may or may not write will even say, much less how it might be adjudicated. From what I’ve read, though, I think it’s perfectly possible for him to write an EO that would force the question of birthright citizenship to (the Supreme Court of the United States). Further, I think SCOTUS would agree that the 14th Amendment was not intended to grant citizenship to the children of pregnant women who were adept at playing Red Rover with ICE. That’s what I THINK. What I KNOW is that birthright citizenship will end - hopefully without another civil war or massive vigilante action. But, it must be ended.”

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Dina Shipe Lee: “Thank you, Randy. I agree. Discussions like this will be how America survives. People talking with intelligence and civility. I think the better way is an overhaul of the system altogether. Birthright citizenship is a small piece of the larger problem. And before you ask, I am in favor of a wall. I am, however, concerned with the funding (not the Mexico part, the contractor who ends up building it part) and I am concerned for ranchers that the wall would impede. We should deal directly with drug addiction in America more. I would also like to help Mexico and Central America with their drug problem. Supply and a demand. Plus it would help with gangs and help the people who come here because of them. A true leader will come up with a plan. Bring both sides together and fix this.

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Kaylen Chambers Smith: “He can’t bring both sides together when all they do is call him racist and a Nazi.”

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Dina Shipe Lee: “Maybe they wouldn’t call him racist if he didn’t say racist things. (I don’t think anyone is calling him a Nazi).”

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John Lentz: “Yes.”

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Ronald Craig: “Gotta love the comment section!”

Look for more periodic questions in the print edition of The Herald-Dispatch as well as on the newspaper’s Facebook page. And readers are invited to offer comments on any of The Herald-Dispatch’s stories appearing online at www.herald-dispatch.com.

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