Questioning sanctuaries

Several questions need to be addressed about why so-called “sanctuary cities” need to be established. I think there is a bigger picture to be displayed than what exists now.

This doesn’t present ideas of sanctuaries. Sanctuaries are supposed to be safe and peaceful places. This sounds more like detainment and concentrations camps of World War II for Jewish prisoners of the Nazis or when the United States imprisoned people of Japanese descent.

Other examples are like from the original making of Red Dawn from 1983 or even when Cuban immigrants were running from Fidel Castro. These are more like how the outcome will end up if the cities are built: strictly, just prisons for the unwanted.

It is understandable that this may help Immigration and Customs Enforcement in trying to round up those who enter the country illegally. However, this sounds as if their duties are starting to become overwhelming.

This cannot the only solution.

Speaking about ICE and their duties, the number of arrests of anyone whom you claim is an illegal immigrant is mind-boggling.

I can understand wanting to rid the country of the criminals, so more issues don’t exist. However, there are those who simply want a better life. Not everyone who crosses over is a bad person.

This overall does not seem to be the answer to the problem with immigration. Someone out there has to have a better idea than this.

Jeremy Hanson, McAllen

Paying for abortions

Under congressional rules, a rider is an amendment that is added to a spending bill but is not associated with it. It is not a permanent law and therefore Congress must renew it every year.

During 1977, Congress passed the Hyde Amendment prohibiting the use of federal money to pay for abortions.

During 1980, the U.S. Supreme Court in a 5-4 decision reasoned that the federal government under the Hyde Amendment would pay for abortions affecting a woman’s health or life.

During 1993, President Bill Clinton signed into law a requirement that authorized the federal government to use Medicaid funds to include cases of rape and incest.

During the 2016 presidential election campaign, 57% of the voters supported the Hyde Amendment while 36% opposed it.

Today some of the 2020 congressional Democrats running for the presidency are opposed to the Hyde Amendment. Almost all congressional Democrats are strongly opposed to it. Congressional Republicans support it.

Silvestre Moreno Jr., Mercedes

Celebrating mass transit

July 2019 marks the 55th anniversary of federal government support for public transportation.

The success of public transportation can be traced back to one of the late President Lyndon Johnson’s greatest accomplishments, which continues benefiting many Americans today. On July 9, 1964, he signed the Urban Mass Transportation Act of 1964 into law. Subsequently this has resulted in the investment over time of several hundred billion dollars into public transportation.

Millions of Americans today on a daily basis utilize various public transportation alternatives. They include local and express bus, ferry, jitney, light rail, subway and commuter rail services. All of these systems use less fuel and move far more people than conventional single-occupancy vehicles. Most of these systems are funded with your tax dollars thanks to President Johnson.

Depending upon where you live, consider the public transportation alternative. Try riding a local or express bus, commuter van, ferry, light rail, commuter rail or subway.

The ability to travel from home to workplace, school, shopping, entertainment, medical, library, etc., is a factor when moving to a new neighborhood. Economically successful communities are not 100% dependent on automobiles as the sole means of mobility. Seniors, students, low- and middle-income people need these transportation alternatives.

Investment in public transportation today contributes to economic growth, employment and a stronger economy. Dollar for dollar, it is one of the best investments we can make.

Larry Penner, Great Neck, N.Y.

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