Letter: Before Trump, Americans would welcome immigrants


With all the murders, extortion, rapes, etc., in Honduras, San Salvador and other countries, I believe I would be heading out to a more promising country. They live in constant fear for themselves and their families.

I am sure you would be traveling down that road like them, leaving all you know and way of life for any chance for security. These are people who are willing to work and create a new life. They know hardships like you and I have never experienced or imagined. A lot of them are staying in Mexico, and Mexico is reaching out to them.

We used to do that before Trump.

However, the basic problem is our system of immigration. I would shock you by saying, let all of them in after vetting each individual for criminal backgrounds.

Then give them all green cards, social security numbers, and allow them to obtain a driver’s licenses after demonstrating basic English language skills. Then they could be ‘tracked’ like you and I are. If they cause a serious crime, they could be quickly located and deported.

They will take the menial jobs that are needed in order to get established and if the jobs run out, they will move on to other countries of opportunity.

Meanwhile, we collect taxes on them and they support the various government agencies. Factories, farmers, and more are hurting for workers because of our present governmental policies. Someone needs to wake up and effect positive immigration, not a political devise to sow fear and rage.

Instead, let us show compassion.

Tom Carey


More in Letters to the Editor

Letter: Thank you from the South Whidbey Hearts Hammers

Editor, South Whidbey Hearts & Hammers would like to extend its heartfelt… Continue reading

Letter: People should model good behavior for the children

Editor, In reading the article in the South Whidbey Record and also… Continue reading

Letter: Easter is a time for more than just bunnies, eggs

Editor, Each spring, at parks such as Dan Porter Park or on… Continue reading

Letter: Our Southern resident orcas are in peril

Editor, Living on Whidbey Island is magical, with sweeping views out onto… Continue reading

Letter: Island’s litter crews do a great job, keep us clean

Editor, I wanted to send a shout out to the litter crews… Continue reading

Letter: Why is President Trump afraid to give tax returns?

Editor, So even though President Trump promised to release his tax returns… Continue reading

Letter: Opioid crisis restrictions don’t consider everyone

Editor, Regarding the April 6, 2019 South Whidbey Record article on the… Continue reading

Letter: WhidbeyHealth CEO salary needs to match Whidbey

Editor, As the WhidbeyHealth commissioners consider whether to give the retiring CEO… Continue reading

Letter: WICA play is worth the watch, good for laughs

Editor, Go see the new play at WICA, “Next to Normal.” While… Continue reading

Most Read