Letter: Jacob Leonard, Leesburg

Editor: The purely emotional, completely ignorant, fanatic alarmism needs to end. We desperately need a return to sanity and reason. Every day the anti-Trump derangement gets worse. From the alarmism over valid critiques of news media organizations to the alarmism over enforcement of our own laws. It needs to end.

The situation at the border and people’s reaction to it is a perfect example. Crossing the border illegally is, as the word illegally suggests, a crime. Should we cease to enforce laws and allow ourselves to leap headfirst into anarchy? If an individual, say an American citizen, were to commit a crime and get arrested while accompanied by a minor does the minor also get arrested? No, of course not. So when an individual illegally enters this country and is rightfully arrested for it then they are of course separated from any minors that may be accompanying them.

Is this a despotic policy implemented by an unhinged Nazi in the white house? No. It is a matter of public law. Public Law 107-296 sec. 462 (HR5005, Nov 25, 2002) places authority and responsibility in the hands of the director of refugee settlement of the department of health and human services to facilitate placement of unaccompanied alien minors. Placement is further legally defined as in a detention center or alternative facility. Unaccompanied alien minor is defined legally as any non-citizen minor for whom no parent or legal guardian can be found who is able to take custody, which if you are arrested for illegally crossing the border you are unable to take custody.

Of course you won’t learn about this anywhere in the news. They are too busy insisting that it is a fabricated Trump policy with no legal basis while they promulgate bogus pictures taken from staged protests, situations in which children were not even separated, and even pictures from the Obama administration. The last of which is a painful reminder that not only did this also happen under the Obama administration, and not only did they wind up placing children with traffickers—a fact even Snopes backs up, it is also a reminder that that administration did not face even a fraction of the “outrage.”

So to summarize ignorance of the law has combined with irrational emotional alarm and has been stoked by lies in the news to create a situation where certain political leaders openly call for socially and politically motivated violence and civil war and then justify this using the very insane alarmism they created.

Jacob Leonard, Leesburg

3 thoughts on “Letter: Jacob Leonard, Leesburg

  • 2018-07-05 at 2:16 pm
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    So in other words, Congress needs to fix the law by passing legislation that the President has said he will sign. I’d like to hear from our members on Congress. Senator Warner? Senator Kaine? Representative Comstock? We are eagerly awaiting your legislation.

    While you are at it, why not write comprehensive immigration reform that welcome immigrants on a merit-based framework while immediately deporting illegals who have committed crimes in the US, failed to pay taxes or child support or who have overstayed their visa.

  • 2018-07-06 at 10:06 am
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    Still waiting to hear from Loudoun County’s elected members of Congress.

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