Letter: Immigration policy should be created by Congress, not presidential fiat

FILE - In this Sept. 13, 2019, file photo, Central American migrants wait to see if their number will be called to cross the border and apply for asylum in the United States, at the El Chaparral border crossing in Tijuana, Mexico. Thousands of people are waiting to claim asylum and more come each day, falsely believing they will be able to enter the U.S. now that former President Donald Trump is out of office. While President Joe Biden has taken some major steps in his first weeks in office to reverse Trump's hardline immigration policies, his administration hasn't lifted some of the most significant barriers to asylum-seekers. (AP Photo/Emilio Espejel, File)

I’m 73 years old and have been watching the controversies over our southern border for more than 50 years.

I saw the changes taking place in my hometown in southern Nevada. I saw them in Kansas, Missouri and now in Utah.

I saw the changes taking place among drywallers, carpenters, landscapers, excavators, and other professions. There was a lot of crying, handwringing, and letter writing but nothing changed. Immigration laws were loosened to justifiably allow an influx of Vietnamese in 1978. That opened the way for an outpouring from Mexico across our border.

There has not been a significant change in our immigration law since then.

I read that Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., said that President Biden could end the current crisis in a week. I also read that our Sen. Romney and Rep. Stewart are blaming President Biden for the turmoil along our border with Mexico.

I have watched our immigration policy formed by presidential fiat for half a century. Every time we get a new president of either party, we have a new immigration policy.

I think it’s way past time for Sens. Cotton and Romney, along with 98 other senators, to join with Rep. Stewart and 434 other representatives to put together and pass a comprehensive and up-to-date immigration law. It’s their job! Not the presidents’!

David DeCow, Kaysville

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