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Your Turn: Nov. 12

November 11, 2018

Suspicious firingIt is a well-known fact that from time to time, an executive may have to terminate an employee for nonperformance or other valid reason. It is also a well-known fact that if an executive continuously terminates members of his team, it is not the employee, it is the executive with the problem.So it goes with our president. It’s not his staff that is not performing; he is the problem. The latest firing of Attorney General Jeff Sessions is totally unacceptable. If Trump is not guilty of any wrongdoing, then he should not fear Sessions doing his job. Replacing him is a sign that there is something that needs to be investigated and resolved.Replacing Session with his chief of staff, Matt Whitaker, is another ploy on Trump’s part to try and circumvent the judicial system.Nell Lyssy, PothCitizenship factRe: “Dual citizenship,” Your Turn, Thursday:Mr. Louie of Houston, please do some research before embarrassing yourself.Of course the illegal parents of U.S. citizens can be deported. Happens every day now. Try Google.If you are an immediate relative of a U.S. citizen, you can become a lawful permanent resident (get a green card) based on your family relationship if you meet certain eligibility requirements. You are an immediate relative if you are the parent of a U.S. citizen (if the U.S. citizen is 21 or older), according to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services website. No babies qualify.Dave SearceyTaxes aheadFrom what I have seen on TV and read in the newspaper, some migrants have indicated they want to get jobs and help their families. It appears that some have been schooled on what they need to tell the U.S. authorities to claim asylum.I wonder if the migrants have been instructed about U.S. income tax laws. Briefly, if they earn income in the U.S., that income must be reported to the IRS and is subject to income taxes, unless the income is excluded by another Internal Revenue Code section.This is just a brief summary of some problems that may exist, and I doubt if all income taxes due will be paid by those individuals. They may become part of what is known as the “underground economy” (and that is another story).Manuel Vera Jr.Free to ’Pop off’Spurs coach Gregg Popovich is not just the best coach in the league and a true San Antonio treasure, he is also a free citizen. Free to express his views. He is allowed to talk about issues outside of sports — even if it does not agree with your right-wing views.Terri Gorler

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