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U.S. immigration laws and the future of DACA recipients (three letters)

Thousands gather to support the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program at the Auraria Campus in Denver on Sept. 5, 2017.

Joe Amon, Denver Post file

Thousands gather to support the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program at the Auraria Campus in Denver on Sept. 5, 2017.

For much of our history, we attracted the best and brightest minds from around the world who made enormous contributions to our society and helped make our country the envy of the world. No longer. When our leaders are unable to comprehend that even a struggling, developing nation contains some brilliant minds who are capable of making valuable contributions to our society, then our position in the world will continue to erode. Not only are we discouraging the world’s best from coming here, we are even threatening to deport those who would likely be very productive members of our society, e.g. the father of a DACA Yale graduate who will most likely return to Mexico with him, taking along her considerable skills and a newfound animus against the U.S., and the No. 1 physics student at West Point who is from Haiti. But they are not from Norway.

Nick Bottinelli, Denver


DACA recipients are worthy of immediate citizenship. If this is amnesty, so what? We as a nation have messed around with these participants far too long. We have insulted them by dangling promises while filling them with fear. Congress needs to take action.

Comprehensive immigration (whatever that really means) needs to be addressed, but that will take a long time. DACA should not have to wait until Washington can create a bill, let alone decide upon a comprehensive bill.

We owe the DACA recipients action. We owe them respect. We owe them citizenship. Now.

Barbara Wells, Aurora


I am infinitely less offended by President Donald Trump’s candor and associated choice of words than I am with Sen. Cory Gardner’s participation in the farce of an immigration proposal that was offered to him. Not only was the proposal an insult to the president’s desire for working out a DACA solution in exchange for a wall, etc., it was an insult to everyone who voted for Trump because of this very issue. I can only hope that Colorado Republican voters are offered a viable alternative this next election cycle for representing our interests in the U.S. Senate.

Douglas Fleecs, Greeley

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