Executive order

Editor,

The importance of Trump’s Executive Order might not be fully understood for generations.

Separating ourselves from the hysteria over Trump’s Executive Order on immigration, this is the crucial paragraph if you want to understand what Trump’s Administration is doing: 

In order to protect Americans, the United States must ensure that those admitted to this country do not bear hostile attitudes toward it and its founding principles. The United States cannot, and should not, admit those who do not support the Constitution, or those who would place violent ideologies over American law. In addition, the United States should not admit those who engage in acts of bigotry or hatred (including honor killings, other forms of violence against women, or the persecution of those who practice religions different from their own) or those who would oppress Americans of any race.

As we find ourselves at the end of the first week of the Trump era, we see this weekend’s screaming press outrage over Trump’s Executive Order and the complete shock that he’s enacting one of the core planks of his campaign. For some reason people have been conditioned to believe that promises made by politicians during election campaigns will all be broken.

There’s only one thing that’s happened this weekend which anyone should be mildly concerned about; it has to do with reports of Green Card holders having issues at airports. It’s reasonably clear from the text of the order that this shouldn’t be happening; either the reports are false or rogue elements in the Immigration Service are deliberately being overzealous to cause public issues. 

David French at National Review has a very good article on the hysterical overreaction. However, there are reports that the ban is being applied even to green-card holders. This is madness. The plain language of the order doesn’t apply to legal permanent residents of the U.S. 

The press have gone into a meltdown over the immediate clamping down on movements of people from seven specific countries. Trump didn’t select seven “Muslim-majority” countries, Barack Obama did. So Obama can do it and Trump can’t?

Charles Wierzbicki

Porterville

 

Foster homes

Editor,

I just finished reading the article, “Parents need to be aware.” Very good information. However, there are some issues that were not addressed. 

In our Society, we see more and more children in foster homes. There seems to be a growing governmental prejudice in the defense of these children! In my case studies of two different families in the Porterville area, (I am certain there is much more). 

I have discovered that even though these children report abuse, sometimes severe physical and sexual abuse, charges are never filed. 

Foster parents continue to have children in their homes, and the abuse goes on and on. Sometimes it is actually reported to CWS, and law enforcement, investigations are conducted, and that is basically the end of it. The DA’s office never picks up the case. If you were to ask them why, you would no doubt be told, “We can’t take into Court a case that we can’t win. It just costs too much money.” And the cycle of abuse continues in these homes — homes protected by CWS and the DA’s office.

It is time to get real here. These children look to us, our government, for their protection. A lot of time they simply don’t have any other options. 

The very least that we can do for these children is to arrest their abusers. It seems we have no problem going after other offenders, why should CWS be allowed to protect these child abusers who prey on our children, at our expense. 

I have personally talked to some of these kids. The pain, anger, and helplessness that they express to me are heart wrenching. They express that they don’t understand why their abusers are not punished for what they did to them.

Can we, as a God fearing society, stand by any longer, and allow this to happen to them? They have a right to be represented. They have a right to be heard. They have the same right to be heard in the same manner that other children do.

Elaine Harris

Porterville

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