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Illegal immigration is one reason the rich are getting richer

To The Daily Sun,

Kathryn Steinle shouldn't be dead. Joshua Wilkerson, Mirta Rivera, Casey Chadwick, Rodney Johnson, Javier Vega Jr., Jamiel Shaw Jr., and over 25,000 more Americans shouldn't be dead either. They were all killed by illegal aliens who shouldn't have been here.

Those Americans died and millions of others were raped, robbed, battered, kidnapped, impoverished, or otherwise victimized because greedy Washington Democrat and Republican politicians and special interest groups care more about their own power and wealth than the well-being of the American people.

Illegal immigration beneficiaries repeatedly lie about its benefits for our country, e.g., doing jobs Americans won't do, law-abiding, tax-paying, etc.

American workers do all jobs: waiters, housekeeping, crop picking, garbage collecting, ditch digging, construction, cleaning out septic tanks, etc. The vast majority of workers in all but a very few job categories are American citizens. More Americans would be working and self-supporting if immigrants didn't take jobs and drive down wages.

Despite false claims to the contrary, illegal aliens commit crimes at a higher rate than American citizens. For example, citing FBI data to try to counter Donald Trump, Rupert Murdock claimed that there are 2 million jailed Americans compared to "only" 267,000 illegal aliens. A 2011 GAO report claims there are 249,000 jailed illegal aliens. (To support the politicians, states and the federal government hide illegal alien crime statistics.) Whichever is correct, since there are about 30 times as many Americans as illegal aliens, the illegal alien crime rate is two to three times the rate of American citizens.

Frankly, the illegal alien crime rate is irrelevant. We shouldn't tolerate any extra murders, rapes, robberies, muggings, kidnappings, etc.

Politicians say illegal aliens can't get welfare, but that's a lie. Illegals are only (theoretically) restricted from getting federal means-tested welfare. Illegals get state, local and other federal benefits: Free medical treatment, free child education, and maybe housing, food stamps, etc. On average each illegal alien household annually receives about $15,000 in taxpayer-provided benefits more than they pay in taxes.

Illegal immigration is one of the reasons the rich are getting richer while the rest of us are getting poorer. The beneficiaries of illegal immigration live in protected environments and send their children to private schools. It's middle- and lower-income Americans who suffer from illegal immigration.

Presidential candidates, e.g., Jeb Bush and Hillary Clinton, who want to reward illegal aliens by letting them stay here, ignore the harm illegals do to most Americans. Thus voters need to consider other candidates if they really want middle- and lower-income Americans to be safer, freer, and have more opportunities for better jobs, incomes, and lives.

Don Ewing

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To survive the crisis we are in we need to elect Bernie Sanders

To The Daily Sun,

On July 29, I attended a meeting that was held in Gilford to view a streamed live video of a presentation by presidential candidate Bernie Sanders. Similar meetings were held in many other cities and towns in each of the 50 states and the video was viewed by more than 100,000 people. The presentation provided an opportunity for people to obtain an understanding of who Bernie Sanders is and what he stands for as a presidential candidate.

I was first attracted to Bernie as a presidential candidate when I attended his first town meeting in New Hampshire on May 27 in Concord and listened to his message. The straight-forward nature of what I heard got my attention. Bernie doesn't talk in political riddles. He speaks about the real issues in plain terms.

Who is Bernie Sanders? To start, he's no stranger or newcomer to Washington. He is the junior senator from Vermont. He was a congressman from 1990-2006, and has been Vermont's junior senator since he won the 2006 election for that position.

He is an honest politician, even though that sounds like an oxymoron. He doesn't have baggage from scandals and other dishonorable behavior exhibited by many politicians of today, and he's not in the pocket of or beholding to large corporations or private backers for future political favors. His support comes from a grassroots movement by people who are concerned about where this country is headed.

Bernie Sanders position on key issues hasn't changed over time and he doesn't waffle on issues trying to say what he thinks will be what people want to hear. And he doesn't subscribe to negative campaigning as a way to discredit other candidates as away to gain voter support.

What's Bernie's message? For starters:

1. We need to educate young people and make that education affordable.

2. We need to provide fair wages to people so they have an opportunity to make a living wage.

3. We need to get big money out of political elections so people don't "buy" their political office.

4. We need to do something about the extreme disparity of wealth that exists today where the compensation of top corporate executives is several hundred times the wages of employees.

5. And we need to pay attention to global warming and its impact on the environment.

As Bernie said in his presentation, "enough is enough."

I could go on describing the issues Bernie Sanders sees as critical to the people of the United States in the upcoming elections that include an unfair tax structure that unjustly benefits large corporations, inadequate funding to repair failing infrastructure across the country, racial issues, and incarceration for minor crimes that's filling prisons unnecessarily.

But if these issues and the issues I outlined above are a concern to you, you'll want to learn more about Bernie Sanders position on them for yourself and you can do that at berniesanders.com.

I'm convinced that if you do that, you'll reach the same conclusion that I've reached. If this country is to survive the current crises we're in, we need to elect Bernie Sanders as the next president of the United States.

Ed Rushbrook


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