Regarding “Elections worker pleads guilty” (Jan. 11): It was just reported that a Durham County elections official, Richard Robert Rawlings, who ordered and oversaw the fraudulent revision of 1,500 provisional ballots in 2015, was allowed to plead guilty to a misdemeanor and was given a slap on the wrist. He was originally charged with a felony for his actions.
Is it any wonder that Republicans question the reliability of elections in our state? We repeatedly see stories of people who voted multiple times or in another state plus North Carolina. Why are these people never prosecuted, regardless of their party affiliation?
Our government is based on the premise of one vote per registered voter. To continue to allow these people to make a mockery of the system is unconscionable. If we required people to produce their voter registration card and place their right thumbprint on their request for a ballot, we could reduce the instance of fraud. Anyone committing voter fraud should be prosecuted vigorously for felony charges, regardless of party, and should be given serious jail time.
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Regarding “Trump blasts court’s DACA ruling, which may complicate congressional action to help ‘Dreamers’ ” (Jan. 10): On Sept. 5, 2017, President Trump rescinded the Obama administration DACA policy, tossing it over the wall to Congress to determine its future. Through this program, nearly 800,000 Dreamers studied in schools and universities, pursued careers, served in the military and are contributing to society as law-abiding individuals. Within three months, deportation could begin, and there is still no agreed-to proposal in spite of professed bipartisan support and a president that said he has “love for these people”.
Dreamers have become pawns to gain agreement on issues not related to DACA. e.g., funding the wall, ending chain migration and visa overstays. U.S. Sens. Thom Tillis, Orrin Hatch and James Lankford have proposed legislation, SUCCEED, that is almost punitive, requiring re-vetting and 15 years before applying for citizenship. Is the bias against immigrants so deep that this action is required?
On Jan. 19, former secretaries of Homeland Security urged Congressional leadership to pass legislation ensuring successful program implementation to avoid significant hardship to the business community and Dreamers themselves. There is still opportunity to demonstrate that as a government, as a people, we can do what’s right. The Dreamers have waited long enough.
Rosemary E. McGee