The president lies again

DEAR EDITOR:

I am among many Americans who demand a truthful accounting of facts from the White House regarding the immigrant children separated from their parents at our southern border. President Trump initially lied repeatedly about the justification for these separations in order to promote his anti-immigrant agenda and to gain funding for the precious wall he promised when he was elected.

The president lied when he claimed his hands were tied because of a law passed previously by Democrats. The truth is that the president told Attorney General Sessions to order the separations without any basis in legislative rule of law. After spouting his blame on the television that the Democrats forced him to do this, the President tweeted that the separations could be stopped if $25 billion in funding would be allocated for the wall.

I would much rather spend $25 billion on education, healthcare or infrastructure. A physical border of almost 600 miles already exists along the boundary separating the United States and Mexico, in addition to the Rio Grande River’s border of approximately 1,000 miles. Cities like El Paso that lie against the U.S.-Mexico border enjoy low crime rates, and the percentage of immigrants belonging to the MS-13 gang sits at less than 2 percent.

Nevertheless, the reunions between parents and children are not happening for two reasons. First, the government used one system of paperwork for the parents and another for the children. Second, in many cases either the parents or the children have been moved from their original housing sites. Even as the reunions are attempted, the new families seeking asylum here will be housed in military-style tents and camps, chillingly reminiscent of Nazi Germany.

People need to know the facts about this debacle. If the president insists on curtailing immigration into this country, especially for those rightly seeking asylum, then he should simply remove the Statue of Liberty from its spot in the New York harbor because it then becomes a mockery of what it used to mean.

LINDA COCUZZI RICHTER

Niles

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