Don M. Russell


To the editor:

In defense of the Obama administration’s policy of quick and simple immigration by Central America’s poor and young, a motto of “Our country has grown greater via immigration from numerous countries.”

This statement rings of truth in general, but we must allow our thinking to embrace the United States during the years of heavy immigration from the late 1800s through the early 1900s. Those years the new arrivals to our country quickly found work. Many opened their own new business and jobs were otherwise plentiful as the United States was rapidly growing into an industrial giant. New factories were speedily created; minimal governmental regulations allowed entrepreneurial individuals or companies with resources to open factories or businesses with nominal controls enacted by city, state and federal regulations.

But now, any new factory or business endeavor must plod through extreme measures, including the Environmental Protection Agency, the Department of Labor, zoning, building codes, regulations from proper lighting to parking and landscaping, tax laws, emission controls, water run-off control, building materials, health-insurance costs, necessity for a new business as defined by multiple governmental agencies, etc., etc. And on top of all of that, any new business must consider competition by foreign sources, and the cheaper cost of labor and lack of regulation foreign business enjoys.

Putting all measures in place, jobs for all people, existing citizens and immigrants alike are not available. Our government officials should consider all aspects of immigration, not simply consider the number of votes that newly acquired bodies may add to their party’s electorate.