Letter: Immigration conversation needs to go deeper
"The point is not and never has been that someone climbs on a bus or plane and relocates to another part of the country. That has happened and will happen. The issue is how we treat people who are
I just read Rob Port's column in the Pine Journal (Respect for immigrants and border security 9/22). It did a grave disservice to moving forward a meaningful conversation on immigration. Yes, a conversation needs to be had. But not through the facile attempts of same-ism in this column.
Please do not equate the mayor of El Paso's voluntary and coordinated busing of migrants with what Gov. Ron DeSantis and Gov. Greg Abbott are doing. Worse yet, your nod to the federal program. These programs are coordinated with the authorities and relocation organizations at their destinations. They may be imperfect solutions and half measures in a difficult situation, but they are not calculated cruelty.
Gov. DeSantis sent asylum seekers, legally in this country, under false pretenses at best (outright lies more likely) to pop up at a location without warning, although he did manage to wrestle up a film crew. It was disingenuous and harmful. Its only purpose was chaos and cruelty and to "gotcha" Democrats.
The author cannot believe these are equivalent. Why then does he suggest they are?
The point is not and never has been that someone climbs on a bus or plane and relocates to another part of the country. That has happened and will happen. The issue is how we treat people who are seeking a better life — how we treat them as human beings.
If the author doesn't get the difference, I suggest he pause for a moment and learn some more, before writing and causing more harm.