Punish those hiring illicit immigrants

I really don't understand all of the fuss about our border with Mexico in regard to noncitizens. All we need to do is enforce the laws that are on the books regarding hiring illegal aliens. Shut down any company that employs undocumented workers until they clean up their act. Of course, strongly promote visas and work permits for those workers who have jobs and are on a temporary status or in the process of becoming a U.S. citizen.

As far as I know, every company in America has to be registered, and a simple audit would quickly identify the legitimate work staff. These actions would immediately stem the tide of those illegals coming to this country and force many of those who are here to return to their place of birth. We don't need any walls, fences or the National Guard to patrol the border; of course, There are numerous issues to be resolved, but only after the first steps are taken.

David Brusiee

Pleasanton

Our priorities distorted on immigration


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Mr. Ruben Navarrette asks "What kind of country are we?" in his July 4 column. With hypocrisy and a dash of hubris he tells us that the people of Murietta, California, are racist and the ones who should be rounded up instead of the illegal alien children being bused into their town. Of course, Mr. Navarrette calls them "immigrants."

I suppose it is OK when liberal Democrat groups/mobs block law enforcement agencies from doing their duty or occupy and trash property. Maybe he should find out why the people of Murietta felt they had to react as they did. Maybe they are fed up with a federal government that doesn't listen to the majority of the people who say "stop the illegal invasion of our country." Maybe the people are frustrated with a president who chooses which laws will be enforced and which will not. Congress will not help. The Repubs are inept and the Demos just want more votes so they can continue to make more people dependent on them.

How many "immigrants" will Mr. Navarrette feed and house? I ask the same question of anyone else who thinks unchecked immigration is acceptable. I think we know the answer: It is fine as long as someone else is paying the bill. It is deplorable and disgusting that money is available for people who enter our country illegally and limited funds are available for our veterans who can't get the care they need. Our priorities are seriously distorted.

Dan Woody

Pleasanton

'Ditch border' letter was a good laugh

The July 17 letter, "Ditch border, let everyone move in here," in which the writer urged that we unrestrainedly permit the thousands of children and their mothers to cross our southern border so our government could inoculate, house, educate, feed and find employment for them -- while at the same time "simply" erasing our southern border -- is the most satirically funny letter to appear in the Times in a long time.

I chortled uncontrollably all day long after reading it and still find myself suddenly bursting into gales of laughter when I think of that spoofing masterpiece.

Lanny R. Middings

San Ramon

Desalination making a lot of sense now

Desalination of the ocean water would solve California's drought ... why are we not doing this? We need water.

All I read or hear is we are wasting water and that we must conserve. Getting more water would solve everything.

Jack Keilson

Danville

'De-link' from Fed, bankster government

The executive branch of the U.S. government has the existing well-tested Constitutional authority to de-link us from banking control under the Federal Reserve by printing our own U.S. Treasury dollars, minting our own currency and calling it Federal Reserve notes.

The deal was, when the Iron Curtain came down, Russia would pull her nukes out of Ukraine, which she did, and the U.S. would not expand NATO and/or move missiles closer to Russia.

While the U.S. government now blames our World War II allies, the truth seems to be our foreign-owned too-big-to-fail banks, under their few dominant 300-year-old family ownership trusts, partnered with the military industrial complex and their supplicant self-owned mainstream media, instigate the chaos. Dominant corrupting financial powers also control our Congress.

Most of us do not equate the turmoil in Ukraine as an extension of banking policies. Yet on close examination, disruptive U.S. foreign policy intrigue is all about EU banking hegemony by the trusts.

It's time to issue Treasury dollars once again and de-link from the Fed.

Rich Buckley

Livermore

Palestinians are due their right of return

In 1947, the Palestinian lifestyle vanished in violence. Tens of thousands of Palestinians were killed, 1 million forced into refugee camps. The birth of the state of Israel. We celebrated with Jews, but what of the others?

The "separation wall" is 430 miles, 26 feet high on Palestinian land. It claims homes, water rights and farm land. Farmers separated from farms. "Abandoned" new property of Israel. The International Court of Justice declared it "contrary to International Law."

In Israel, visit Father Chacour in Ibillin; citizen, not free. Visit Rev. Mitri Rahib, Lutheran minister in Bethlehem. Not a citizen, living in the open-air prison Bethlehem has become.

Archbishop Elias Chacour, an Arab Christian, dedicates his book "Blood Brothers" to Jews who died in Dachau and their brothers and sisters, Palestinians who died in Tel-al-Zaatar, Sabra and Shatila. Like Dachau, we say, "How could we not know? You have to want to know. And then do what?

Let displaced Palestinians go home, accept the International border, get out of occupied lands, stop bulldozing homes, end apartheid and, like Gorbachev, tear down this wall.

Lynn Martin

Pleasanton

'Mallard' outright lied about Hillary

I can usually tolerate Mallard Fillmore, despite his being so tiresome -- day after day, mocking every move or decision that the Democrats make or suggest. Of course, the Democrats are not beyond criticism, just as the GOP deserves criticism on a daily basis. Mockery, sarcasm, even cynicism are acceptable styles in political cartoons. But in the July 16 strip, Mallard went too far. He was completely dishonest -- actually flat-out lied -- by claiming that mainstream media had not reported on Hillary Clinton's laughing about a rapist she defended many years ago.

It's bad enough Mallard has a typical selfish, right-wing attitude that the poor deserve their poverty, but now he's ignoring what a simple Internet search reveals. All of these mainstream media outlets reported the story: UPI, June 26; New York Daily News, June 16; CBS, June 26, July 8; ABC News, June 23, July 1, July 7; Boston Herald, July 9; Yahoo News, July 8; CNN July 1-2; New York Times, July 8. That's pretty mainstream, Mallard. Do we get an admission of lying or a retraction?

Vincent Maloney

Danville