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Charity or not

April 4, 2012
Mona Kilborn Marshalltown , Times-Republican

The recent T-R article "Filmmaker discusses immigration at library" stated "discussion of immigration in the U.S. is often full of absurdity." That was one part of the article that I could agree with. Have you ever asked yourself why immigration laws aren't enforced? An ICE agent and I chatted about the need for citizens to contact their congressional representatives. Our civic duty doesn't stop after we have voted. That should be followed with keeping in touch with our elected officials and watching voting records.

The article further stated that "we should work harder to alleviate conditions that lead to political corruption and drug violence." That quote referred to the U.S. helping another country, not working here on problems we have. Where in the U.S. Constitution is it stated that we are responsible for conditions in another nation? Taxpayers, do you want to pay for services in various other nations? Has anyone noticed how high our taxes are? If private organizations or citizens freely choose to help, that is true charity. Government taking our money and redistributing it is not charity. Taxing US citizens to give money to other countries is unconstitutional. Breaking the law under the guise of helping people is still breaking the law.

Another quote was, "And it just seems to me that if it's going to happen anyway we might as well give these people legal status." This statement actually seemed funny. How many parents have heard the plea from their kids, "Everybody else is doing it." Did you listen to that phony argument? Does that statement make a behavior correct just because it's happening anyway? Perhaps the filmmaker could spend his time assisting those he feels needs help. Enticing citizens of other countries to come here illegally is not charitable. Do you taxpayers wonder why a speaker would promote breaking U.S. laws and then try to shame us into providing support both here and in the illegal alien's home country.

How about the famous quote by John Kennedy? "Ask not what your country can do for you. Ask what you can do for your country." I respectfully suggest that those coming here illegally choose either to stay in their home country to make it better or come here legally. After breaking the law to enter the U.S. is not the time to demand favors such as medical, educational or citizenship.



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