Letters to the Editor: Thanks for Fundraiser; City Supported on Immigration; America Invaded

Thanks for fundraiser

Kudos to our police department, all the volunteers and the Baptist Retreat Center for the time and work that went into the planning and execution of the fundraiser for the Espericueta family. Well done. God bless our police department and the city of Mission and the people who supported this project.

Jeanne Smith
Mission

City supported on immigration

Politics aside, I applaud and wholeheartedly support McAllen government and city management for making an effort to address the much-overlooked primary focus of this issue: the humanitarian aspect of this complicated opportunity.

I see these “immigrants/asylum-seekers” every single workday. Apply any label you like. However the bare facts are that these are people — human beings — not labels, and that fact cannot and must never be ignored or relegated to dismissive, subordinated backwater consideration.

As our elected and executive management officials work tirelessly and intelligently trying to obtain the needed fiscal and humanitarian resources to address this overwhelming issue, they need our support, not our ire.

Now is not the time, nor is it the place, to push back against with what the city of McAllen and its partners believe is best under the circumstances for all stakeholders. I can unequivocally state this: At the very least, our city officials and partners are doing what they were elected and hired to do; they are doing something with the dubious deck of cards they have been dealt.

I am proud to be associated with these efforts in my own, small way.

It takes true leadership, properly focused humanitarian and stakeholder goals and caring hearts, to take action. Anyone can complain, point fingers and bemoan circumstances; that is easy, and counterproductive to finding a solution.

Now is the time and here is the place for us to unite and work to push through this bump in the road, and then move forward. I encourage all involved in wrestling with this humanitarian crisis to keep on keeping on! One thing is certain if we do not act: from nothing, nothing comes.

Barry Bazzell
Edinburg

By Adam Wratten for THE MONITOR
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