Thank you, Congressman
I would like to send a public thank you to U.S. Rep. G.K. Butterfield for his tremendous help in working both in public and behind the scenes to get Riverside High School Student Wildin Acosta returned home to Durham.
Of the federal representatives of North Carolina we called upon for help, Congressman Butterfield responded and stayed engaged during the whole eight-month ordeal.
I was Durham community member who traveled to the detention center to visit Wildin and meet with Congressman Butterfield.
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I was very impressed that Congressman Butterfield organized for the Congressman Bishop, who represents the Stewart County district of Georgia, where Wildin was detained, to be present on the fact-finding visit.
He and Rep. Bishop visited the students in the detention center. Congressman Butterfield arranged for a private meeting with parents, siblings and teachers to hear their stories. He listened attentively and carefully to everyone.
Earlier in the spring he traveled to Riverside High School to meet with the student leaders and teachers who had grave concerns for their classmate. He made sure his staff took calls and worked with members of both the affected Durham and Georgia communities.
He worked behind the scenes with his colleagues to make sure that Wildin was not put on a flight back to certain death.
He also sent several public letters to the directors within ICE and Homeland Security pleading the case of Wildin Acosta. He also made a speech from the House floor to call attention to Wildin and the other students’ cases.
With other students still in danger of deportation, Congressman Butterfield continues to be the person in D.C. who takes action.
Thank you Congressman Butterfield for all you have done and continue to do for our students,
(parent of a RHS 2016 graduate)
Beyond the Acosta case
Regarding the news story “Wildin Acosta released from immigration custody, now home in Durham” (DN, Aug. 13):
One can only wish the best for this young man and that his hearing substantiates his request for refugee status.
Yet, the activists, teachers, students, city officials, and politicians also need to consider the millions of underemployed or unemployed American citizens who must compete against foreign nationals here illegally.
Moreover, there are hardworking taxpayers who are struggling with sending their own children or themselves to our institutions of higher education. For instance, taxpayers pick up about 70 percent of the tuition for N.C. community college students.
Consider also that Harvard studies show that African Americans are hurt the most by our de facto porous borders. The competition of cheap foreign labor legal and illegal that suffocates the hopes and dreams of our black citizens – especially the young.
Indeed, Bernie Saunders told us in July that the “real” unemployment rate among blacks 17 to 20 years of age is 51 percent. No wonder that the Harvard studies also show that the incarceration rate of blacks rises with the level of immigration.
Thus, the inexhaustible self-importation of Third World poor into our country is unsustainable, hurts our voiceless unemployed, and leaves us without control of our future.
So, when it comes to immigration, where in the minds of activists, teachers, students, city officials, and politicians do American citizens fit into the equation of justice? Nowhere – from the looks of it – not even in the minds of members of the congressional black caucus.
Ultimately, steps need to be taken to ensure that Americans south of the border can enjoy justice and hope in their own natural-resource rich homelands. In the 1990s the U.S. helped Columbia defeat the tyranny of the drug lords there through a joint task force.
It is now time for a Pan American task force in to break the stranglehold of criminals in Central America through police, military, and economic assistance. Perhaps Mr. Butterfield could suggest this to Secretary Clinton as a campaign plank?
Change is hard
In his letter, Mr. Rusher claims that “progressives are forcing people to consent to and marry gays, which is unconstitutional and churches are forced to allow gays to join or move closer to a pro gay viewpoint which again is unconstitutional” (What you’re saying, DN, Aug. 10).
I presume he’s referring to the First Amendment: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.”
Mr. Rusher’s claims are “yugely” erroneous and inflammatory because neither progressives nor any laws nor courts are “forcing people to consent to and marry gays,” or coercing homophobes or bigots to change their thinking or their beliefs.
Mr. Rusher is free to be a member of any religious group he chooses, no matter how closed-minded or archaic their dogma or values may be. I do feel bad for Mr. Rusher and others who feel such intense dislike for people they don’t even know simply because they happen to love someone of their own biological gender. Change is hard for those who desperately cling to hateful and unchristian beliefs from the past.
Regarding the My View Column by Manju Rajendran (DN, Aug. 14):
I greatly appreciated Manju Rajendran’s incisive column. The connections she drew between her international advocacy work and personal experiences were powerful. I want to thank you for running such a meaningful, positive column.
Laura Britton, RN, BSN
Women, babies, deserve better
Regarding the My View Column by Manju Rajendran (DN, Aug. 14):
I am disappointed at the decision of The Chapel Hill News and The Durham News to allow themselves to be used as a platform for the ongoing campaign of the ACLU and the abortion industry to “normalize” abortion. Concealed under euphemisms like “reproductive choice” and “care” is the fact that abortion harms mothers, babies, and our society as a whole. Women deserve better than abortion, as do the approximately 1 million American babies whose lives are ended by abortion every year.
The language of “choice” is used to obscure basic biological facts: the life of a unique, irreplaceable human being with his or her own DNA - distinct from the mother’s DNA – begins at fertilization. Not a “potential life” or a “clump of cells,” but an actual human being in the earliest stages of development. The science is settled on the question of when life begins; it is not a matter of personal opinion or faith. Despite the attempts of abortion lobbyists to deny the humanity of the unborn baby, that baby is nevertheless a human person, and abortion takes the life of that person.
Secondly, the fact is that even so-called “safe” abortion (which is never safe for the child whose life is ended) can have many unsafe physical and mental aftereffects for women. Post-abortive women have an increased risk of infertility, miscarriage, and pre-term labor in future pregnancies. They are also 65 percent more likely to experience long-term clinical depression, five times more likely to struggle with substance abuse, and are six times more likely to commit suicide. The current campaign of the ACLU, NARAL, and Planned Parenthood to try to make abortion something to be celebrated only further wounds abortion survivors by attempting to silence the voices of women who regret their abortions.
Lastly, true social justice is impossible in a society that accepts the idea that the strong have a “right” to solve their problems by eliminating those who are smaller or weaker. It is hard to see as coincidence the fact that abortion disproportionally targets minority and female babies, as well as those who may have a disability. Legalized abortion enables our society to avoid doing the hard work of implementing the policies and social changes that will allow all women and their children to thrive.
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