Letter: Border wall makes America look bad
The only thing I learned from Mark Aviles' June 4 disagreement with Randall Amster's May 16 article was Aviles' rather sophomoric, sarcastic attempt to deride him.
I'm an advocate of disagreeing as a way of expressing differences of opinion, which may be the essence of our First Amendment (freedom of speech) and our democratic process. I disagree, however, with those who imply that, since they're right, the other person is wrong. I believe the vast majority of disagreements are simply based on opinions, not truths, and in my opinion, spurious analogies like Aviles' about letting anyone into college without requirements or money is glaringly flawed reasoning. I think most illegal immigrants come here to work, not freeload, and they are willing to work as desperately needed farm laborers, the jobs that are rarely filled by us legals.
As for the "wall," I believe Janet Napolitano once commented that, if you build a 20-foot wall, illegals will build a 21-foot ladder. I further agree that "Berlin Wall" solutions simply create more negative international attitudes against the U.S. and that pre-existing border restrictions have pragmatically been to discourage illegal entry, not create a blockaded police state image.
Larry Wonderling, Ph.D.