September 6, 2017
Re: “Trump’s plan would pass hot potato to Congress” [News, Sept. 5]: Despite the fact that initially I was not a fan of Donald Trump, my respect and hence my support of him has continued to grow — sometimes exponentially. This is certainly true of how he has handled the controversial DACA issue.
These children are brought to this country by illegal parents and have resided here most of their lives. Some do not even speak the native language of their parents and are aliens to the cultures from which their parents came from. They are now being called to pay for the sins of their parents because it is the “law of the land” that requires them to return to the land of their parents. We are a nation of laws.
President Obama implemented DACA illegally in violation of the oath he took to defend and honor the Constitution. President Trump, despite what his heart has told him, has chosen to be faithfully compliant to the Constitution. President Trump has given Congress six months to get it together regarding DACA, or he is going to do what his oath of office requires him to do.
— Michael R. Bottenfield, Fountain Valley
I think Congress should re-introduce DACA because it protects the innocent accessories to an illegal immigrant’s crime of breaking our immigration laws. I also think that the illegal immigrant parents should stand up, be counted and take a monetary penalty for every year of their child’s life that they lived here illegally, reaping the benefits of American life. Along with the penalty, the parents should take citizenship classes about our Constitution, who wrote it and why and the importance of speaking English and assimilating.
Congress needs to fix this mess now. Our Constitution makes it clear. We shouldn’t throw out our Constitution just because it was written by white men who lived in a different time and day.
Illegal immigrants should step up, be brave and take their due process for breaking our immigration laws. They should have a year to comply or face jail. Even though their reason for being here is noble, they still broke our laws. Amnesty should be out of the question. Amnesty for the illegal immigrants is a slap in the face to all immigrants who have come here legally, and have put in their time and trouble and have gone through our legalization process.
— Christy Bultsma, Fullerton