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Chain migration

Derisive comments on “chain migration” forget that a foundational principle of our immigration law has long been to help reunite families. But this principle has been seriously eroded in recent years, and administration officials seem to be poised to make it worse.

Already, per-country limits on visas for family members from certain countries (e.g. Mexico, Philippines) have resulted in long waiting times (in some cases, more than 10 years) for legal reunification of a husband and wife, or of a parent and child. Such barriers foment rather than discourage undocumented migration.

U.S. policy should seek to strengthen, not weaken families; it should strive to unify, not divide families. Any reform of our broken immigration system should include preserving family reunification as a matter of policy. Strong families contribute to human flourishing — and help to promote the integration of immigrants into our American culture.

Thomas Wenski,

Archbishop of Miami

Boss Trump

The stock market is setting record highs almost every day, and yet the Trump administration is focused on stimulating the economy. The investors benefiting from Wall Street’s gains are the same people about to receive tax cuts.

At first, it made no sense, but I think I figured it out. He wants to bankrupt America so he can buy it. Apparently, being president is not enough; he wants to own us.

David Halpern, Miami

The poor house

Donald Trump and the Republicans have just endorsed a tax plan that only makes them and their fellow millionaires and billionaires all richer with our tax dollars. The president’s family alone becomes $1 billion richer!

The rest of us, who comprise 95 percent of the population, either get nothing or pay more. The law is crystal clear here: Using an official public office to personally enrich oneself is illegal. When only 5 percent benefit, how can they possibly spin that into “for the good of the country.” Don’t you get it?

Jude Smallwood,

Royal Palm Beach

Rubio flips

Marco Rubio turned his back on his constituents by flip-flopping on the tax scam the GOP is perpetrating on working people. I am a janitor at the University of Miami with a disabled child. I work extra hours so my wife can stay home and take care of our son. I have worked very hard to build a decent, yet modest life for my family.

Rubio thinks that getting a small concession like Child Tax Credits is enough to make voters like me forget that 34 percent of the tax cut will go to the richest 1 percent in Florida by the 10th year. Or that most Florida taxpayers will see their taxes increase an average of $690 to $1,520. Medicaid, which funds programs for seniors and disabled children, will be cut by $1.3 trillion. Medicare will lose $470 billion.

Trump’s scam on taxpayers will raise taxes for working people like me and will cut benefits that my son depends on. This is an attack on families who are working hard to give our children a better future. Senator Rubio should be finding ways to create jobs, not fighting for tax cuts for millionaires at the expense of working families.

Antonio Vento, Miami

Don’t pay mayor

Fabiola Santiago spoke the truth in her Dec. 17 column, “Don’t pay Miami-Dade mayor $324,000; he doesn’t deserve it.”

The person she interviewed is like many other retired and soon-to-be-retired county workers who have seen our pay and benefits slashed because of the 2008 economic downturn. of 2008.

The mayor isn’t alone in his sacrifice. County workers sacrificed as well. Yet I don’t see any commissioners running to support those of us still working for the county who lost a great deal of our salaries. Instead, they are falling all over themselves to support giving the mayor his pay. I’m sure the county employees who lost salary that will affect our retirements would like to be compensated as well.

Santiago is probably right when she says the county commissioners are all on board because they are due to get a raise and or are thinking about running for mayor themselves. They are all self-serving employees. As stated in the article, this mayor ran on a platform of improving our transit system. Anyone can see he has been a total failure. Carlos Gimenez does not deserve to be given $324,000.

Sara Smith, Miami

Solar energy

Do you see any roof top solar panels in Florida? Disruptive technology is all around us: newspapers and books are digital, stores are closing, jobs are being lost and reformed, fortunes are being made in changing the way we live. Most of these changes are successful at the expense of older technologies. We let or make them grow by encouraging them, with no sales tax, governmental tax rebates, etc.

But when utilities control government, as happens in Florida, they can stifle their own extinction at the expense of the people and environment. Other sunny states are promoting roof top solar with tax credits and sale of excess energy to the grid, reducing those polluting power plants to an absolute minimum. Why are our representatives in Tallahassee allowing the “Sunshine State,” with its exceptional vulnerability to global warming, ignoring this life threatening issue?

Stan Smith,

Miami Beach

Word bans

By fiat, the Department of Health and Human Services has given instructions to avoid the use of several words in official documents being drafted for the 2018 budget. The list includes “science-based,” “vulnerable,” “diversity,” “entitlement,” “transgender,” “fetus,” and “evidence-based.”

Needless to say, these omissions tell us much about the goals of this administration, and should not cause us to wonder why this action drew immediate criticism from scientists, researchers and the LGBTQ community.

Two additional words should be eliminated from all public discourse through the voting booth. Taken together, they are a “not-so-proper” proper noun that might also be viewed as an oxy-moron – “Trump Administration.”

Charles E. Hannemann,

Palmetto Bay

Growing pains

We are not going to have a decent America, a diverse America, an America that cares for its most vulnerable citizens, an America that respects science and education and expertise, an America that has freedom and opportunity for all Americans, regardless of skin color or sexual preference or gender identity, unless we fight for it ourselves.

It’s up to us to take our country back.

Eliana R. Dominguez,


Time will tell

Unfortunately, it will be several years before we know whether the trickle-down corporate tax changes will work or will be a disaster.

Doug Oppenheimer,