Donald Trump and immigrants

Mr. Trump wants to deport all illegal immigrants. His statements make me think that the Republican National Committee needs to begin the process for having him committed to a mental institution because of all his hateful rants.

To deport over 11 million illegal immigrants, the government would have to deport over 7,550 person every day for four years (1461 days) or about 315 persons every hour (35,064 hours). Now, calculate the cost of finding them, detaining them, and the cost of the court cases resulting from violating the 14th Amendment "due process" clause [... "nor shall any State deprive ANY person of life, liberty, or property, without the due process of law; nor ANY person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws."]

Now add in the cost of the disruption of law and order by protests or rioting, that will undoubtedly occur. Think of the doubling of food prices as food rots from a lack of migrant workers. Christians have the injunction in Matthew 25 to "welcome the stranger." Illegal immigrants pay all kinds of taxes when they buy things so this would be a big loss of revenue for states.

Lest we forget, we are a nation of immigrants. Frankly, I prefer the solution provided to us with the inscription on the Statute of Liberty: "Give us your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest tossed to me: I lift my lamp beside the golden door."  In the Oath of Office the president affirms that he/she will "... to the best of my ability , preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.

Trump's NEW government Bureau of Deportation would be staggeringly costly, violate the 8th amendment "cruel and unusual punishments inflicted", violate the 14th Amendment, and create untold havoc on our economy. America would also receive the condemnation of the world. As the Christmas season approaches, let's try love and work to become a more caring society.

David Osmundson, Sykesville, MD 21784


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