LETTERS: Bad negotiation over immigrants; Mexico as an example; Vet enjoyed celebration

Bad negotiation over immigrants

Jake Longoria blames the ineptitude of our public officials for not resolving the immigration crisis (Letters, Aug. 28). He may be right, but he needs to be fair and apply that same depiction toward the top as well.

Effective negotiating leaders commit to work diligently with all parties for a consensus on challenging issues such as immigration reform. The president ran his campaign on being a great negotiator. So far, his negotiating skills have consisted of demands, photo-handshakes, personal insults and love hugs of praise for dictator tyrants like the Russian and North Korean leaders. Not good negotiation!

His immigration initiatives toward the undocumented immigrant have been to punish and degrade families in desperate circumstances. His strategy is to gather supporters like Longoria to actually believe that the undocumented immigrants are an infestation of criminals who are unworthy human beings.

This manner of negotiation is fine for individuals like Longoria. The rest of us view this as malicious, unacceptable actions that our president has put in place to deter the immigration of people whom he deems inferior.

Successful negotiation for immigration reform will require much more intellect, skills, empathy and bipartisan input to make it a justifiable, lasting resolution for immigration reform. The president has demonstrated that he is lacking in all of these.

I do, however, agree with Longoria that we need to make sure and vote in 2020. Not in support of our president’s leadership and ideology, but rather to affirm our democratic principles of unity.

It is the respect of human dignity, justice and common, good opportunities that afford the less fortunate to also reap the benefits of our great country. Our country was built on the just equality of a diverse community of immigrants. It is not up to the president to change that.

Elia Franz,


Mexico as an example

Our neighbor to the south, Mexico, is a great example of two things. It has done two things that the United States can learn from.

It has a national voter card that you must present to vote in a national election, then officials ink your thumb purple to make sure you vote only once. A novel idea especially here in South Texas, where the dead still vote and in some places the motto is “vote early and often.”

No chance of Russian or any other type of interference with those two methods of anti-voter fraud in place.

The second, not so good is a strict law on privately owned firearms. There is no concealed carry in Mexico, and the guns you can own can only be used for sporting purposes along with a myriad of other restrictions that make private gun ownership almost impossible. I guess that is why there is only one gun store in the entire country of Mexico that is guarded like Fort Knox.

Even with the tightest of regulations, Mexico has horrible gun violence, and like the old saying, “When guns are outlawed, only the outlaws will have guns.”

The United States can adopt similar laws and the Timothy McVeighs and Mohamed Attas will still exist; no amount of laws or regulations can deter a maniacal person.

Jake Longoria,


Vet enjoyed celebration

I wish to thank The Monitor for your service when you publish submitted articles for the readers.

Because of your service, on Sept. 18 I attended the VFW Post 8788 posting that celebrated the 74th birthday of the U.S. Air Force. I was very proud to see so many veterans, of all the sister services, who took part in the celebration.

They also included in the service describing the Prisoner of War/Missing in Action table that represents those service members who have not returned to their loved ones.

Thanks, Post 8788, for a great night.

Gene Ksepka,

Chief master sgt., USAF Retired Weslaco

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