In response to Al Eisner's letter concerning illegal immigrants destroying America ("Illegal immigrants will destroy America as we know it," Aug. 16), I feel the need to make a few comments.
Mr. Eisner says that "the influx of illegal immigrants can and will cause the decline of America as we know it and present a imminent danger to our safety and security as well as a huge economic decline on the horizon" yet forgets that those were the exact same opinions of "real Americans" in the mid- and late 19th century in reference to the influx of white Europeans "invading" America. As we have seen, that influx of immigrants, legal and illegal, have helped make America the free and prosperous place it is today. Maybe he feels different because these so called "invaders" are brown not white. Mr. Eisner makes a broad claim that all the immigrants coming to America are drug dealers and criminals. He should know better, however. It is obvious he let his emotions and political biases affect his critical thinking.
Another example of Mr. Eisner letting his emotions and biases get the better of him is when he makes the sarcastic comment about President Barack Obama using his "phone and pen" to enact executive actions. I suppose Mr. Eisner forgot that all presidents have had that authority and have used it liberally (no pun intended). Maybe Mr. Eisner needs a government and history education refresher — or an introduction to facts, which I'm sure he'd hate. Or maybe he just needs to turn off Fox News and stop listening to Rush Limbaugh. What's next? A criticism of the president for using a teleprompter?
Mr. Eisner also neglects to mention that the bipartisan Senate immigration bill has been on House Speaker John Boehner's desk for over a year. A bill that would have addressed border control and current immigration policy. Has Mr. Eisner written to Mr. Boehner to ask why he has not brought the bill to a vote? Has Mr. Eisner asked any of the Republicans in the House why they have not passed that bill? Has Mr. Eisner done anything other than wear his ideological blinders for the past six years? They are OK to wear when sleeping but you have to take them off during the day to be able to see what is going on around you.
While I'm certainly no cheerleader for some of President Obama's actions, I feel I have to respond to blatant political attacks that are either inaccurate, incomplete or one-sided.
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