Double whammy

for US students

Re: the July 7 article “Backlash stirs against foreign worker visas for skilled positions.”

Not only are skilled American jobs being given to cheaper foreign workers, but the education to learn the needed skills is becoming less attainable. The University of Arizona, for example, charges more for an engineering degree than other degrees, at a time when all degrees are becoming too expensive. The increase is in extra fees and differential tuition. Then students can’t get a job because it was given to someone on a visa willing to work for less. Where is the American dream? 

A few years ago, newly graduated teachers entered the job market and could not find jobs, as many teachers were being laid off. Yet, a local charter had teachers hired and working under foreign visas, as reported in the Star. Visas are not always used to fill hard-to-fill positions, so the program really does deserve scrutiny.

Immigration tops the list of topics that concern readers.

Debbie Scheidemantel

PCC adjunct faculty, Tucson

Entrants get help;

veterans go without

Re: the July 9 article “VA watchdog probes 67 whistleblowers’ claims of retaliation.”

Can we all please stop calling these people “whistle blowers” and start calling them “truth-tellers?”

No matter what the hearings are about, people are giving bottles of water, food, shelter and medical care to illegals while Tucson veterans sleep on the ground in the rain with none of those benefits.

Troy Curtis

Retired Air Force, Tucson

We followed rules

to taste US freedom

About 1949, after escaping from Russian-occupied Germany, my mom applied for entry to the United States.

The rules were that we’d have a sponsor (an aunt and uncle in California) who’d be responsible for us for a certain length of time, and that my mom would learn to speak English and work to support herself and me.

My 62-year-old grandmother wasn’t allowed to apply due to age and a health issue. We were told that my grandmother might become a financial burden to the U.S. government — even though she would continue to receive a sufficient German government pension. My mom had to sign a paper with U.S. Immigration that we would be financially self-sufficient, and if we ever attempted to collect welfare , we would be deported.

After a two-year wait, we were issued our immigration number, and we could make our reservations on the ship that would be the beginning of our freedom.

Ingrid Jacobs

Retired teacher, Tucson

Mexico should keep

entrants from US

If an American crossed into Mexico without a passport, he would be picked up and held. Why are all these young people coming through Mexico without any credentials and walking the length of the country without being picked up for the same reason?

We’ve heard that occasionally a Mexican agent will inadvertently cross into the U.S. and be intercepted by our Border Patrol. What do we do? We point to the border and send him home. Where is the justice here?

They are holding one of our fine young Marines in their jails because he inadvertently drove into Mexico with a firearm.

What is our president doing about that?

Do we owe Mexico a favor or something? Why is our president so cowardly that he can’t bring himself to call the president of Mexico and straighten this mess out?

This man we call Mr. President is a coward or he just doesn’t care about America and its laws.

Bob Eichberger

Retired, Tucson

14th Amendment is part of problem

Dear Mr. President and Members of Congress: There is an issue that has far-reaching implications that can be dealt with now to prevent future problems. That is repealing the 14th Amendment, or at least dealing with it with honesty and common-sense. Section I says, “All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside.”

Thousands of women from Mexico and other foreign countries cross our borders to have their babies in U.S. hospitals to qualify them for U.S. citizenship. But the child and parents reside in and are under the jurisdiction of foreign countries. How then can the children be citizens of the U.S. under the terms of the 14th Amendment?

Honesty and common-sense begs immediate action by Congress and the administration on this important issue.

Marietta Luce

Retired educator, Tucson