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Letter: 'Reading' and 'interpreting' the law not the same

The letter writer who quoted the U.S. Code of Law regarding "suspension of entry or imposition of restrictions by President," believes that this law allows the recent executive order on immigration. He apparently does not understand the difference between "just reading" the law and interpreting and understanding the law, which he calls "a waste of time."

He quotes the Code "whenever the president finds that the entry of any class of aliens...would be detrimental to the interests of the United States, he may...suspend the entry of all aliens or any class of aliens...or impose on the entry of aliens any restrictions he may deem appropriate," which could be interpreted to mean that the president has absolute power in this area. However, our republic was created as a triumvirate to safeguard against abuses of power.

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The president has multiple advisory departments and agencies to help guide his decision-making; as thinking people are aware, no human can be all knowing. Ultimately, we are all on the same team. When the current president excludes specific officials or refuses to consider the advice of experts in the different areas of government, he violates the most basic principles of our Constitution and our founders.

It is interesting that while he criticizes others for speaking up in editorials, he doesn't refrain from exercising his own freedom of speech in doing so. Perhaps he believes that the laws only apply when they align with what he sees as his rights.

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Linda Crites

Marriottsville

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