Councilor missing good sense on this issue
To the editor:
Recently, a Canby Council member, full of misplaced sympathy but not good sense, proposed a resolution against breaking up families at the southern border.
Such breakups, when they occur, result solely from adults illegally crossing with children into the U.S. Adults arrested for misdemeanor or felony crimes, and placed in custody, are routinely in the U.S. (and elsewhere) separated from their children. The blames falls not upon government, but upon the criminal.
Persons from other countries who wish to claim asylum in the U.S. may do so at ports of entry or embassies/consulates. They will remain outside the U.S. while awaiting a decision, and not be arrested because they are following the law.
Only those who break the law by illegal entry cause arrest and detention. If adult border violators are kept with their children, this leads to "catch and release," which is wrong. The U.S. policy of charging illegal entrants for the crime they have committed is legally, morally, politically, and prudentially right. Too many of the adults with children are not parents or are a threat to the children. The council member's sympathies might best be saved for the victims of crimes by illegal immigrants, and the extreme cost of citizens and legal residents caused by illegal immigrants.
I advocate voting in November for the initiative to repeal Oregon's Sanctuary Law, which prohibits Oregon police cooperation with immigration authorities. The proponents are three Hispanic Oregon legislators, and Oregonians for Immigration Reform, good people who believe in respect for the law, and do not oppose legal immigration (The U.S. welcomes over 1 million legal new residents each year), but oppose illegal immigration and benefits for illegal immigrants. Failure to enforce the law is deeply corrupting for Americans.
Alan L. Gallagher
Thanks offered for
July 4 breakfast support
To the editor:
The board of directors of the Canby Historical Society, would like to publicly thank the volunteers who graciously helped us host our annual July 4 pancake breakfast held at Knight Elementary School.
A special thanks to Jessie Romaine at Fir Point Farms. They graciously donated all the breakfast sausages for this event. This is the second consecutive year they have done this.
Thanks to the volunteer ticket takers, servers (including Mayor Hodson and city council members), cooks, and cleaning crew.
This annual event is very dependent on all volunteers including members and nonmembers.
The event would not be possible without them. We also thank all the faithful patrons who support us by attending.
CHS Board Member