LETTERS: Migrants face deceit, abuse; ICE bus crash draws comment; Confederacy’s last general

Migrants face deceit, abuse

I am deeply saddened to read that Mexican immigration officials destroyed migrant camps in the Dec. 4 news article, “Witness: Mexican immigration officials destroy migrant camps,” written by Erin Sheridan. The heart-wrenching reality of this article reflects the daily struggles Mexican immigrants have to face with Mexican officials.

I am not buying that the border officials are granting asylum seekers the ability to cross the bridge and begin processing. I believe that officials are trying to lead people from Mexico into believing this lie that will never happen.

The government is making it more difficult each day for immigrants to come into the United States from citizenship application fees going to $640 to $1,170, DACA application fees from $495 to $765, and green card fees from $1,220 to $2,196. The government is targeting lowincome immigrants to prohibit them from applying to these programs.

Erin, I hope you continue to expand on the current immigration issues that are happening so close to the area we live in.

Sarah Emma Treviño

La Feria

ICE bus crash draws comment

The recent ICE bus crash is another prime example of the waste of taxpayers’ money.

What in the world is the U.S. government doing using a full-size bus to transport two detainees across a bridge with two ICE personnel?

That is only four people. They could have easily used a smaller vehicle.

To top it off, we now have to pay for a damaged bus and bridge.

William Kunzman

Mission

Confederacy’s last general

January is Confederate Heroes month, but American history forgets Brig. Gen. Stand Watie, the highestranking American-born native in the Confederate army and principal chief of the Cherokee Nation from 18621866.

With research help from the Col. Rip Ford Harlingen camp of the Sons of Confederate Veterans, I discovered that Watie was commissioned as a colonel and commander of the 1st Cherokee Mounted Rifles that also included Seminoles, Creek and Muskogee Indians in October 1861. His company of Confederate Indians fought in six battles, including the Battle of Cabin Creek to help capture approximately $1 million of military supplies and equipment for the Southern cause of independence.

Watie’s Indians fought in more battles west of the Mississippi River than any other rebel unit. His battles and skirmishes were fought in Indian Territory (Oklahoma), Arkansas, Missouri, Kansas and Texas.

After his successful ambush of the steamboat, J.R. Williams, thousands of pounds of bacon and flour were confiscated for the Confederacy, which earned Watie his promotion to brigadier general on May 10, 1864.

On June 23, 1865, 75 days after Gen. Robert E. Lee’s surrender, Gen. Watie signed a cease-fire agreement with Union forces for his command, making him the last Confederate general to surrender.

Jack Ayoub

Harlingen

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