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Letter: Trump’s immigration policies protect American workers

President Donald Trump participates in a border security briefing at United States Border Patrol Yuma Station in Yuma, Ariz., on June 23, 2020.
Evan Vucci, Associated Press

I would like to remind Mr. Benson that the USA is a sovereign nation and, as such, we have the right and the responsibility to determine who and how many people should be given the privilege — not the right — to enter this country and live among us (“GOP Convention sold immigration ideals Trump doesn’t buy or believe,” Aug. 31).

This is especially important at a time when millions of Americans have lost their jobs, because of the government’s response to COVID-19, and should not have the added burden of competing with foreign workers for jobs that rightfully belong to legal workers. At last count, 24 million Americans were looking for full-time positions, while an additional 8.4 million citizens and legal workers had part-time work but wanted full-time jobs.

Stating that “Asylum-seekers, including Cubans like Alvarez, are being turned away and deported at record numbers,” and suggesting that is a problem, is basically stating that you are in support of open borders and that anyone who wants to walk into the country, work and get benefits should be allowed to do so. All nations have ways of managing immigration. The fact that prior administrations did not keep the rules puts them in the wrong, not the current administration for enforcing them.

Brian Horne

Woods Cross