Letter wrong on immigration stats

Friday, August 10, 2018 4:9PM
To the editor:

In a recent letter, Ms. Daniels outlines her personal views pertaining to undocumented immigrants, drugs, and crime. She concludes that Democrats are to blame.

While I applaud the social work she's done, her personal views do not align with the facts that we're experiencing nationally. First, many undocumented immigrants have not crossed the border illegally. Approximately half arrive in this country on an airplane and overstay their visas (estimates range from 40 to 70 percent).

It is convenient to think that hardened criminals are pouring-in from Central America and Mexico, but that's a gross misrepresentation of the facts. Comprehensive immigration reform must include visa overstays along with traditional border security.

Second, research conducted since 1980 proves that cities with the largest increase in minority populations have benefited from the largest reduction in crime rates.

Based on the inflammatory rhetoric of our president, this may be a little-known fact. Fortunately, it is easily verified online. Controlling our borders is important. It is also important to make decisions that are based on verifiable statistics, not fear. We have a moral obligation to treat everyone with dignity – regardless of their nationality, race, religion, gender identification, etc.

This is especially true for people that seek asylum. Turning away asylum seekers can result in extreme hardship and death, and it is imperative that we provide due process and a sense of compassion. How we treat each other – regardless of skin color, immigration status and other factors – is a reflection upon all of us. I'm grateful that my immigrant grandparents had the opportunity to make a better life for themselves in the U.S. Their hard work (including military service) has benefited our country.

Regardless of political party affiliation, I hope that America will continue to recognize what makes it great – and stay on the right side of history.

Dan Krason