To the editor:
David Carlson’s editorial July 17 comparing the current U.S. immigration crisis to the novel “The Displaced Person” is misguided and shortsighted. Mr. Carlson, like many others, tries to reduce this debate to a moral argument on how much we care about our neighbors. There is much more to consider.
First, our country can’t now decide whether millions should be allowed to pour across our borders illegally. It is happening, and the resources being applied to stop it are woefully inadequate. Harry Reid says, “The border is secure.” It is a lie. In the novel, the farmer’s widow had the chance to make a choice whether to accept a foreign worker. Second, the novel doesn’t parallel the legal paradox that confronts the U.S.A. today.