I was filled with shame and disgust at reading a letter in The Sun from a fellow veteran demonizing undocumented immigrants and trashing The Sun’s coverage of conditions at our Southern border with Mexico (“Why is the Sun trying to destroy the US with hateful immigration opinions?” June 25). As a retired Naval officer, I, too, served this country to protect its laws and ideals. Our laws guarantee those seeking asylum in this country a prompt opportunity to be heard before an immigration judge.
At present, the wait period before an opportunity to appear before a judge may be as long as a year, and immigrants are often deported to Mexico to await their day in court and their children sent to detention centers, clearly in violation of the law. I served so that my country could represent a tradition of honoring immigrants who have made America great and showing humanity to those in need. I decry efforts by this administration to demonize and criminalize immigrants.
Coming into this country without proper documents is a civil violation of immigration laws not a criminal offense. The Sun has covered this issue fairly and impartially and I am grateful every day for the opportunity to read an intelligent and unbiased local newspaper.
Jack Kinstlinger, Towson