LETTERS: Migrants defended; Wrong kind of business; NAFTA change

Migrants defended

This is in response to Jake Longoria’s fearful concern for the hordes of foreign invaders coming into our country (Letters, Aug. 30). Longoria’s resolution to this invasion is a presidential call of action for Trump’s non-supporters to move out of the way. This is to allow the president to do the job of representing his supporters.

This is a highly irrational request.

An elected president, regardless of who voted for him, serves for the common good and for a united constituency. The president chose to participate in a democratic form of government and pledged an oath to defend and abide by the Constitution.

The rules of government were clearly written to maintain a balance of power between the three branches. Apparently Longoria would like to give the president unauthorized power to rule over Congress.

So, literally speaking, no one is moving, or should move, out of the way, as Longoria is demanding. That includes the media, Congress, the courts and the American people who did not vote for the president.

Longoria’s choice of words toward immigrants as a foreign enemy, invaders and vagabonds depicts the essence of his character values and the type of people whom Trump identifies with.

Longoria denigrates the undocumented immigrant as a tremendous cost to the taxpayer. Criminals are substantially more costly to the taxpayer. We have all sorts, including those who benefit from our economic opportunities but are fraudulent in tax evasion. In contrast, the undocumented immigrants risk their lives to provide a decent living for their family. They are not criminals and come to work and refrain from being a tax burden, as Longoria implies. They do not qualify for government assistance.

Longoria states that they cost the taxpayer billions in welfare, food and housing benefits. Not true!

Elia Franz

Hidalgo

Wrong kind of business

The Texas Rio Grande Valley is being saturated with detention centers for illegals. Self-serving politicians and complicit media extol the virtues of detention centers and big business for the Rio Grande Valley.

That’s not the kind of big business that helps our local tax-paying citizens. Our state and federal representatives are obviously not standing up for us.

Why are these detention centers not being distributed equally among the 50 states? Especially those liberal states where those bleeding-heart citizens live, who travel down to the southern border to showboat and preach their fake “Christian humanity” to the locals who are bearing the real load of this catastrophic government ineptitude?

To our Texas representatives I ask, why are you selling out the safety and security of tax-paying Americans living along the southern border?

Imelda Coronado

Mission

NAFTA change

In 1970 I stared to work for Chrysler Mound Road Engine Plant at Hamtramck, Mich. (Mound Road and 8th Mile). I worked in quality control; I would test the 318 and 340 cubic-inch V-8 engines and inspected factory-built parts for these engines after a 12-hour run at different speeds and loads.

I loved my job, but one day they brought me two engines to test that were not built in our factory; they were built at a new factory built in Mexico. They had better machinery to work with than we did and the quality went off the charts.

That’s when I saw the writing on the wall: My time there was coming to an end.

Sure enough, by 1975 I foresaw massive unemployment in the auto manufacturing and had a life decision to make. I decided to move to Texas.

Even today when I visit Detroit, I drive by to witness a cemetery of a building that stands empty; at one time it was thriving with life with hardworking employees.

Texas was good to me, I retired after 30 years with the Texas Department of Transportation. I can’t complain about that.

NAFTA did take many thousands of jobs into Mexico and we can see its affect in Detroit today.

Rafael Madrigal

Pharr

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