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Letters: It was Obama who failed the 'Dreamers'

Contributed To The Press • Jan 28, 2018 at 12:00 AM

I am very concerned about the misleading, biased and subliminal messages being reported by the Johnson City Press. As an example, Jessica Fuller's article headlined, "Student fear their dreams will turn into nightmares," states, "These ‘Dreamers,’ immigrants who arrived on U.S. soil before they were 16, have benefited from the government's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program since it was created five years ago, but President's Donald Trump's rescinding of the program late last year left its 790,000 recipients uncertain about their future."

While I am a supporter of DACA, I take exception with the preceding comment. The word illegal was omitted when referring to the immigrants, otherwise, there would not be a need for DACA. Also DACA was referred to as the government's action, not Obama's executive action, yet the delay in enforcing legal immigration, not rescinding, was referred to as President Donald Trump's rescinding DACA, not the government's. This implies that it was all President Trump's doing, which is false.

There are serious questions about the legality of President Obama's executive order that were not addressed in this article, nor any questions why Obama did not use the legislative process to make it the law, as the Constitution demands. The article did not mention that President Trump gave Congress six months to make DACA the law of the land, which he took an oath to support. It is Congress's responsibility to make laws and the president's responsibility to enforce the laws.

Rather than point the finger at President Trump, how about pointing out President Obama's failure to create actual legislation or Congress's failure to address this issue now. Omissions such as this are misleading at best.

RON ZUCKER

Johnson City

A pipe dream

In Robert Houk's recent "As I See It" column, he lauds the idea of using the moon as a base for a Mars mission and for the transmission of solar energy (by microwaves) to earth. Realistically, both of these projects are so phenomenally expensive and so exceedingly likely to fail that they must remain, at least for the foreseeable future, in the category of “pipe dreams.”

In contrast, the James Webb Space Telescope is a  20-year, $10 billion endeavor completely assembled right here on earth, which will have the capability to peer deep into space and hopefully find exo-planets whose atmospheric content may reveal the existence of life.Truly fascinating.

Houk also mentioned the Tri-Cities Airport’s aerospace park project. It appears that two outfits may be interested in basing repair and maintenance facilities there, but probably having little to do with space. This project is being initially funded by contributions from a number of government agencies, including some $2 million-plus from Johnson City/Washington County.

This has become a common government/business relationship — using what are basically bribes, which usually include providing property, tax breaks and other perks to attract these facilities. I'd concede that if this was channeled to local, homegrown, start-up businesses, it would be very worthwhile. But the reality is that these deals merely amount to luring someone away from their current community to yours.

DENNIS O’HARE

Gray

Protecting the public

Banning bump stocks does not tread in the Second Amendment. It protects the general public. It is quite a stretch, and frankly a rather extreme point of view, to think that the Second Amendment extends protection to such a deadly accessory for firearms.

Someone should investigate and make public the political contributions made by the gun lobby to state Reps. Micah Van Huss, Matthew Hill and Timothy Hill.

JANE C. MURPHY

Johnson City

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