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Immigration debate about power, not altruism

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says no State of the Union address in Congress until government reopens.

I read with interest the recent letters to the editor regarding the bilateral standoff between President Donald Trump and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, citing their focus on “winning” the shutdown standoff more than its serious impact on federal workers and the nation as well (“No winners in the shutdown,” Jan. 28). But under the cover of this political standoff, most of us know the real reason for the extreme Democratic resistance to any immigration policy that doesn’t meet their objective of open borders, or something very close to that — the simple answer is votes.

What began under President Barack Obama and continues under the current ultra-liberal Democratic leadership is an overt campaign to bring in as many poor, unskilled and pliable immigrants as possible. This influx of millions will naturally need, and seek, the care and support (financial, medical, food, housing, etc.) of the government as strongly advocated by the liberal Democrats who, in return, will naturally align the immigrants with the Democratic Party. The end result, of course, will be an ever-growing block of Democratic voters who will provide votes in return for Democratic largesse.

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Claims of the need to have “compassion” and “empathy” for these “poor, hungry” armies of immigrants seeking to “simply seek better opportunities for their families” are, at the core, hollow. It all boils down to votes that lead to the gaining and retention of political power regardless of the long-term impact on our country. We, as a nation, have every right to be disgusted with our political leadership. The first goal of any politician is to get reelected and the second is attaining and keeping political power. Claims of “serving their constituencies and the American public” are, with a few exceptions, nothing more than political rhetoric.

We are in an age in which short-term social media sound bites constrain considered assessment of long-term consequences to ourselves and to our nation. It’s time we voters recognize this and give pause before blatantly accepting and championing so-called “moral” perspectives which will ultimately harm our nation.

Jerry Cothran, Baltimore

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