Canada, Immigration and the U.S.

To the Editor:

Re “How Immigration Helps Canada,” by Jonathan Tepperman (Op-Ed, June 28):

My grandparents had no special skills when they came to this country. They were poor and uneducated. They came from Russia and Poland because their religion limited their opportunities and put them at risk of death. Their children went to public schools and universities in New York and prospered.

I would like to think that our family has been an asset to this country. The Canadian immigration system, favored by Mr. Tepperman, is rational but cold and selfish. We welcome immigrants and refugees because that is what a decent, moral society does.

We should ask those who are fleeing abuse and death not what they can do for us, but what we can do for them.

KEITH S. HELLER, NEW YORK

To the Editor:

Lest Jonathan Tepperman become too smug and self-righteous in extolling Canada’s immigration policy, he would do well to examine Canada’s sins.

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Canada’s shameful attitude toward the immigration of Jews from Europe into Canada during the years 1933 to 1948 is best summed up by Irving M. Abella and Harold M. Troper in their book “None Is Too Many.” The title says it all.

(RABBI) SHAWN B. ZELL, DALLAS

To the Editor:

“Canada Shows How to Thwart a Populist Tide” (The Interpreter, front page, June 27) asserts that Canada has resisted the populist, anti-immigrant wave in the United States “through a set of strategic decisions, powerful institutional incentives, strong minority coalitions and idiosyncratic circumstances.”

But couldn’t the simple fact that Canada has a lower population density than the United States be more of a factor in Canadians’ greater willingness to allow immigrants compared with the United States?

By The New York Times
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