Finding a way to legal status | Jan. 26, letter
Plot humane path for immigrants
The letter writer suggests that the "Dreamers" who are illegal immigrants through no fault of their own should "show respect for the country" that has provided them U.S. citizen benefits throughout their lives by "lawfully applying and adhering to U.S. citizenship guidelines."
I suspect that had this option been legally available to the Dreamers they would have jumped at the chance. The problem is that since the Dreamers’ parents are illegal immigrants, the only way the Dreamers can apply for citizenship is through obtaining a green card. Unfortunately, Dreamers are not eligible for green card status unless they apply from outside the country. So they are in a Catch-22 position.
They’ve lived here most of their lives, and many of them cannot return to "their country" for various reasons — some of them political. The writer offers a solution for those children under 18 who are illegal immigrants due to having been brought here by their undocumented parents: that they can be "given amnesty and begin the process to legally reside here." That is a humane and sane solution that should be offered to children of undocumented immigrants regardless of age.
Jane Young, Tampa
Hard work to build a life | Jan. 24, letter
Get in line, legally
What the letter writer has missed is that the rightful animus in this country is not because of legal immigration; it is because of rampant illegal immigration. The biased media has falsely, euphemistically labeled the children of illegal aliens as "Dreamers" to soften their illegality.
When illegal alien parents are not held responsible for their illegal alien children’s immigration, it only fosters more illegal immigration lawlessness. Please, get in line and do it the right way and you will be welcomed, but please don’t come here illegally and then whine to Congress to make you legal, because that won’t be welcomed.
James Wisner, Tampa
Drones spark concerns | Jan. 22
A tool for terrorists
Just a few thousand dollars can buy a fully equipped drone that has the capability of being programmed to take off at a predetermined time, travel a specific route and arrive at a fixed destination to deliver its payload.
Picture a drone landing on a school bus, hovering over a crowded event, or following a parade. Law enforcement is helpless in disrupting its mission.
An incident involving multiple drones, creating havoc in different cities, all at the same exact time, will create total chaos and be just another example of how vulnerable we really are.
Bob Scher, Wimauma
Region needs real transit, not marketing Jan. 26, editorial
Leaders keep dithering
I have seen a video from China in which a train station was built in nine hours. I have also seen a city and an area that should be great fail to meet the most basic benchmarks for public transportation.
Is it any wonder Tampa didn’t make round two with Amazon when our politicians dither for years over what the Chinese can accomplish before lunch?
Harrison Goforth, Largo