Step aside, religious leaders, and allow Trump to enforce our nation’s immigration laws

The Catholic Church or any religious leader can say all they want against Trump’s immigration policies, but I support him 100 percent.

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U.S. Border Patrol agents speak with a mother and daughter from Ecuador next to the border fence after detaining them on Sept. 10, 2019 in Penitas, Texas. The immigrants had been hiding in a cotton field after border agents chased their group. John Moore/Getty Images

This letter is in regards to Marlen Garcia’s recent column, “Not all religious leaders sound like Trump’s anti-immigration evangelical supporters.”

Well, I’m a Roman Catholic and I think and speak for myself. And my church, nor any other Christian church or any other religious group, speaks for me or my beliefs on illegal immigration.

We’ve had immigration laws since the Constitution was enacted. Any president, including President Donald Trump, has the authority to enforce all and any immigration laws, and to deport as he seems fit.

The Catholic Church or any religious leader can say all they want against Trump’s immigration policies, but I support him 100 percent.

What’s so difficult? If one is here illegally, why should they not be deported? It’s the law of the land. Imagine if you entered any other country illegally and were caught. What do you think would happen?

So the Catholic Church and all religious leaders should let Trump do his job and deport illegal immigrants. Did our religious leaders forget about Romans 13: 1-2?

“Obey the government, for God is the one who has put it there. There is no government anywhere that God has not placed in power. 2 So those who refuse to obey the laws of the land are refusing to obey God, and punishment will follow”

Why do you think we had Ellis Island?

John Moravecek, Naperville

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Trump is like my naughty students

My fourth-grade students learn how the founders strategically established three co-equal branches of government to ensure a system of checks and balances.

Unfortunately, the Senate has frequently abdicated its constitutional authority and responsibility, such as by deny President Barack Obama’s judicial confirmation hearings.

During and after the Mueller investigation, those same leaders allowed President Donald Trump and his sycophants to thwart congressional investigations by defying requests for documents and testimony, as well as behaving unprofessionally, and being belligerent or opaque during hearings.

Columnist Gene Lyons offered a salient summary of Trump’s current predicament with which no reasonable person can dispute: “Think about it: A president withholding military aid from a country under attack by Russia in order to force its government to launch a criminal investigation into his opponent’s family. It’s bribery and it’s treason…Congress has no choice but to proceed.”

Just like naughty students, the more Trump has been permitted to misbehave with impunity, the more egregiously he misbehaves.

Americans must be mindful that the Constitution does not say an impeachment inquiry is contingent upon pre-approval of the Senate, Fox News fans, or political polls.

The media continues to ask: Why impeach when the Senate is highly unlikely to convict?

If black activists had demanded justice only when they were assured of a win, my people would still be oppressed by Jim Crow laws.

Dorothy Franklin, Rogers Park

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