LETTERS: DACA, Top Golf, immigration and religion

Don’t rescind, but expand DACA

I grew up in the Brownsville area and many of my neighbors and classmates were undocumented. I was able to see first-hand the struggles of these families in providing for their families without access to any public benefits, such as Medicaid and SNAP.

Today, McAllen is my home and has been for the last three years. During this time, I have met many young DACA recipients and many others who would benefit from DACA. One young man in particular, graduated in the top 10 percent of his class in 2018 and had dreams of becoming an engineer. Unfortunately, his mother was not able to get the money needed for the application before the program was halted. All of these young people are law-abiding citizens that work hard to help support their families. When I speak with these people that live in our community, I am told that the U.S. is their home and they do not recall a life outside of the U.S.

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals is also known as DACA. The program was launched in 2012 by the Obama administration and provided reprieve from deportation to young people that were brought to the United States as children. DACA does not offer legal status or a pathway to citizenship. DACA only provides these individuals with the ability to hold legal employment and pay taxes.

I believe DACA should not only be reinstated but expanded.

Irma Gonzalez, Pharr

Top Golf a top goof for neighborhood

At the TIRZ meeting No. 1 at Pharr city hall on Sept. 17, at least one minute and 40 seconds of public comments is mysteriously “missing” from the subsequent Pharr.life On Vimeo webcast. The legally recognizable, free speech, First Amendment right to pronounce the acronym, Tax Increment Reinvestment Zone, as the word “tears” better states the sadness our neighborhood eyes as we avert our gaze to the north toward the towering blight, now and forever, acrimoniously ruining our vista both during daylight and all night at Top Golf’s unsightly site!

The net effect of yet another corporate welfare recipient of millions of Pharr Economic Development Corporation II dollars and TIRZ tax tidbits cries out for consideration and action to also award us, the sight-blighted, fully taxed to the max, residents, identical economic equity corporate freebees.

Thus Pharr, the neighbors to our immediate north abutting Top Golf have our sleep-deprived sympathy as the city of Pharr staff at development services “Costcoed” their taxpayer, paycheck-generating public once again. What a crying shame that we citizens are not treated the same as contiguous corporate entities.

We are very teed-off by the city of Pharr not acting in the public interest, the very opposite to their duty to protect residents from all adverse effects of urbanization, noise and intense, glaring light pollution to guarantee our neighborhood tears for years and years!

The unsightly site is best described by the two syllable word: ugly.

Kenneth “K.C.” Fletcher, Pharr

Regarding immigration and religion

I have lived in the south all of my life and I have heard my share of racial hatred. Mr. Luna is no different than any other. His rant about both legal and illegal immigrants is typical of thousands of white supremacists throughout the south. If he replaced immigrants with blacks, it would be exactly the same thing I have heard since the 1950s.

Crime stats indicate that first generation immigrant neighborhoods are the safest in the nation. It is the second and later generations that commit the crime. If Mr. Luna was truly interested in solving the crime problem, he should look at natural born U.S. citizens first. However, he would have one less group to hate.

Greenwald shows that he knows absolutely nothing about the founding of the U.S. A treaty that has been approved by the U.S. Senate is equal to the Constitution.

“The president shall have power, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate, to make treaties, provided two thirds of the senators present concur… The judicial power shall extend to all cases, in law and equity, arising under this Constitution, the laws of the United States, and treaties made, or which shall be made, under their authority…”

The Treaty of Tripoli was initiated by President Washington, got unanimous Senate approval, and was signed by President Adams. Article 11 has the full faith and power of the Constitution. Art. 11. “As the government of the United States of America is not, in any sense, founded on the Christian religion.”

The U.S. is not nor has it ever been a Christian nation. There was a time when all the nations of Europe were Christian nations. That time is referred to as the Dark Ages.

Hank Shiver, Mission

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