2017-03-16 / Letters to the Editor

Town should focus on safety not immigrants

To the editor:

I have put five children, four grandchildren and I have four great-grandchildren presently in the Jamestown schools, and I am very happy to be living on this island.

However, I believe in response to the election of Donald Trump, council members are digging in and signaling they will not cooperate with the federal government’s deportation efforts. Sanctuary cities are a blatant violation of federal law. Some on the left have tried to claim that they’re perfectly legal, but this is clearly false. As James Walsh, former associate general counsel of Immigration and Naturalization Services, explains, federal law “deals with those persons who knowingly conceal, harbor or shield undocumented aliens and could apply to officials in sanctuary cities and states.”

Sanctuary cities undermine law enforcement. Not only do they refuse to cooperate with federal agents in deporting illegals, sanctuary cities make it more difficult for police officers to do their job.

Regarding the coyote situation, which is part wolf and part coyote and big enough to take down a deer, any comparison to the western deer regarding attacks would be in error. Many in California call them “the cockroach of predators.” My wife was stalked twice by a large coyote out at Beavertail while walking our dog, I don’t like that.

One of the recommendations was never to let pets outside unattended. I want to know what I am supposed to do if one is attacking my attended dog? What about children walking to school or playing outside — do they need to be attended at all times?

Numi Mitchell talks about the “mixed-use landscape” as if the life of the coyote and that of our children are morally equivalent and so does Mary Meagher regarding illegal aliens.

Elected officials primary job should be the safety of the community. Knock off the sanctuary stuff and get rid of the coyotes.

Conrad Henselder
Hamilton Avenue

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