Letters to the Editor

People of faith see need for immigration reform

A recent letter writer -- again -- cobbles together her usual mishmash of unrelated distortions and prejudices to demonize the effort to reform the immigration system in our nation, including myths about selective laws, which do not actually exist.

She also fails to mention that illegal immigrants have paid almost $250 billion during the past 10 years into the Social Security system that they will never collect. They also contribute to food aid programs, the vast majority of which goes to U.S. citizens. And finally, she makes a patently ludicrous observation that The Island Packet is a left-wing entity.

Most importantly, she appears to denigrate the Catholic Church's support for immigration reform, considering it proof of the church being less than Christian.

Now, I don't assume to know the letter writer's religious background, but surely she must be aware of the very religious commandments that read, "The stranger who resides with you shall be as one of your citizens," "You shall love the stranger, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt," and, "Inasmuch as you have done it to one of the least of these my brethren, you have done it to me."

I also note that members of nearly every Protestant denomination and various faiths have endorsed the need for immigration reform, including Evangelical Christians, Lutherans, Unitarians, Universalists, Baptists, Methodists, Mormons, Jews and others.

I believe this level of support sends a much stronger religious, moral and spiritual pro-reform message than the letter writer could ever imagine.

George Kanuck