US slashes number of refugees to 30,000 for next year

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. will slash the number of refugees it will accept for a second straight year, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Monday, insisting amid criticism from human rights groups that the country is still committed to providing sanctuary to people fleeing the world’s danger zones. Up to 30,000 refugees will be […]

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Come in the right way

A great big round of applause to Else Adelhelm Ross on her letter in the Aug. 4, issue of the DSN. (“Legal immigration only way to enter country”). The topic of immigration has been grueling, to say the least, and nothing, absolutely nothing has been done about it. Ms. Ross came into country the legally, […]

COMMENTARY: Border security – Wall vs. principles

Consider the limited thinking that produces a concept such as “border security.” The essential assumption here is that the United States of America is primarily a physical container — three and a half million square miles of freedom and prosperity, whoopee, but the supply is limited. Sorry, have-nots, we don’t have room for you. The […]

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Courts need to impose democratic will

Regarding Mr. Roof’s July 12 Letter to the Editor titled, “Hypocrisy of criticizing immigration policy,” a rebuttal of Mr. Gaddis’s July 6 Letter titled, “U.S. treatment of asylum seekers is inhumane,” Mr. Roof disagreed with Mr. Gaddis’ contention that the founders created a “constitutional democracy.” Mr. Roof utilized a falsely attributed Benjamin Franklin quote, “Democracy […]

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Legal immigrants often overlooked

I want to applaud Barbara Armstrong (“Immigration: An American perspective” July 15) for shedding needed light on the difficulties legal immigrants face to enter this country and become citizens. There is so much talk these days supporting those who enter illegally, and so much taxpayer money going to support them, that the hardships of those […]

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Defining terms in immigration debate

I’m responding to a letter published on July 14 entitled “Misuse of language, logic for expedience” referring to my letter entitled “U.S. treatment of asylum seekers is ‘inhumane.’” The writer disputes a few things that I wrote and has prompted me to further research. Asylum can be applied for from within the country of origin […]

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Consider the health questions with illegal immigration

I don’t think the wall President Trump has been pushing the construction of on our southern border will do much to deter the cleverest and most resourceful of illegal immigrants while the stupid and the desperate will jump onto anything that floats seeking unguarded beachheads along our gulf and California coastlines. Despite the porousness of […]

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: ‘Money has no nationality or conscience’

The recent exchange about migrants and immigrants has been painful to follow. Both sides are entrenched and have brought out the big guns to pound their points and devastate their enemy. Meanwhile, the need to understand the pressures at work on borders and global movement remains an effort unmade. The dismissing of these realities as […]

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Immigration: An American perspective

Hearing so much about immigration and immigrant children being separated from their mothers at the border of the United States, I would like to point out that this practice is not new, but also affected children of American mothers at one time. My American mother married a British citizen, moved with him to a small […]

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Misuse of English language, logic for political expediency

Alan Gaddis in his recent letter provides excellent examples of how to misuse the English language to justify his political opinions. (“U.S. treatment of asylum seekers is ‘inhumane’” Letter to the Editor, July 6) Also, he mistakes fact and uses poor logic to draw his conclusions. He speaks of the horrors faced by “asylum-seeking refugee […]