Letters to the Editor

Solutions to illegal immigration easy for some, complex for others

Compiled by the Star-Telegram editorial board

A girl plays with a doll as Central American migrants wait in lines for buses donated to transport families with small children on to the next stop, in Niltepec, Oaxaca state, Mexico on Oct. 30.
A girl plays with a doll as Central American migrants wait in lines for buses donated to transport families with small children on to the next stop, in Niltepec, Oaxaca state, Mexico on Oct. 30. AP

We have other needs to address

My grandparents immigrated from Europe, but they did not receive free housing, food or medical care.

My heart goes out to all those who wish to live in the United States (who wouldn’t?), but there comes a time when we can’t afford to take care of all of them.

I wonder if you have ever been concerned about the thousands of homeless legal citizens in our country, including many young children? Why not take care of them before taking on the rest of the world?

Do you ever think about who will pay for the thousands of illegal immigrants?

Elaine Sabre,


The wall is the best defense for U.S.

If any of the reported 7,000 migrants in multiple caravans reaches and breaches our southern border; it will be the beginning of a never-ending mass of humanity from Mexico, Central America, South America, China and the rest of the world. It will surely change the country we know and love.

The bottom line is to build the wall. We know it won’t stop everyone, but it will give us a chance to manage this illegal immigration. The last thing we need is too many unskilled workers taking jobs away from Americans. If they can’t find work, then they’ll wind up on the welfare rolls, and taxpayers will get stuck with the bill.

Build the wall to prevent this mess.

Jerry Wylie,


Our own fault of complacency

President Donald Trump and members of the Republican Party continue to attack us Latinos for good reason. We don’t vote. We don’t hold them accountable.

If we, as a united community, got off the couch, stood in line and voted our strength, no candidate, no political activist and no elected official of either party would ever question our language, our heritage or the color of our skin for fear of being run out of our country.

I hope this year I eat these words. I would be glad to do so.

John R. Cobarruvias,


Our human rights don’t expire

The writer of an Oct. 18 letter to the editor calls the parents of a dying child “selfish” for wanting to keep their child on life support for a while longer. She says since their child “can never again have a normal life,” it would be better to take her off life support and give her heart and other organs to children who need them.

I’m sorry this needs to be said, but when people are terminally ill or dying we do not become any less human, and we do not lose any of our human rights. When terminally ill or dying, our lives might not be “normal” anymore, but we don’t become somehow less entitled to our own organs.

Neither are the dying under any obligation to die according to a timetable that is expedient for others — even if this letter writer would call that “selfish.”

Joy Kaiser,

Fort Worth

We can work it out together

Regardless of who wins in this election, our divisions will deepen and threaten our fragile union unless we come together as Americans and fix this. We must listen to each other with love and respect and in such a way that we are truly trying to understand other people’s points of view, how issues affect them and what they might be able to offer in the way of solutions. All people benefit from broadening their perspectives, and sharing our voices is what democracy is about.

Across the country, grassroots movements have sprung up in efforts to bridge our divides. Living Room Conversations is one such initiative. These conversations provide a guided interactive discussion designed to help citizens increase understanding, reveal common ground and seek solutions. A Living Room Conversation will be held at 6 p.m. Monday at Arlington’s Downtown Library. Please join us if you are interested.

Kathryn Mitchell,