Find solutions to immigration problems

Re: “Trump, immigration” (Letters to the Editor, Dec. 11).

I appreciated Tom Fields’ letter to the editor on immigration. Countries benefit from immigration. A policy of opening the doors and letting every person in regardless of the country’s needs or the needs of the immigrant is both foolish and potentially dangerous to all involved. Each country needs to evaluate its own needs and the needs of those seeking admittance.

We must ask how many people each year our country can absorb, what qualities the applicant needs so he/she is more likely to be able to find employment and a sense of community once arriving, if the immigrant is in danger. And we must evaluate at least at a basic level whether the person would likely be a law-abiding citizen or pose a threat to the safety of current citizens. To do less is irresponsible.

It would be more helpful if people, and specifically OSV, would talk and think about specific immigration solutions instead of assuming that setting rules for immigration is synonymous with anti-immigration. Great letter, Tom; thank you for your insight, and I completely agree with you.

Karen Nelson, via email

Care for creation

Re: “Catholic concerns on the 2016 ballot” (News Analysis, Nov. 27).

I am deeply distressed that your Nov. 27 issue, “The Church in the Era of Trump,” makes only one brief mention of the need to protect the creation on which all life depends. It is given no priority at all in your call to action. It is given no mention at all in the article “Catholic concerns on the 2016 ballot.”

Pope Francis issued his encyclical Laudato Si’ on the effects of destruction of the environment on the poor and the need to address climate change. President-elect Trump has called climate change a “hoax,” has appointed a climate change denier and fossil fuel industry advocate to head the EPA. Trump is promoting the expansion of drilling for and use of fossil fuels.

We must begin to turn away from the pursuit of material gain (maximizing profit) as the primary motive for human work and activity, which is condemned by Jesus (cf. Mt 6:24) and St. Paul (1 Tm 6:10). Biodiversity is being reduced by species’ extinction due to human activity and climate change; our drinking water is being increasingly threatened by toxic, carcinogenic pesticides, wastes, runoff and oil spills and leaks from pipelines; the poor are losing their livelihoods through large-scale factory farming and fishing (much of it sustained by petrochemical fertilizers and pesticides); our climate and air are being changed by emissions and destruction of photosynthetic organisms on land and in the sea. All of this is fueled by the drive to maximize profit. We must make protecting creation — the creation that sustains all life — a high priority and not just one among many other issues. We must make protecting creation a primary “Catholic concern.”

Paul Schryba, Mountainside, New Jersey
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