San Antonio police officers investigate the scene where ten people were found dead in a tractor-trailer, July 23. Photo: Associated Press

I take issue with your editorial “The Body Count at the Border” (Aug. 2). You say: “Every so often comes a dark reminder of the human cost of immigration dysfunction.” The implication puts the blame for the deaths of migrants on the U.S. government. You are wrong. The U.S. is under no obligation to take in any immigrants. These deaths are caused by the people willing to break our laws.

John W. Chamberlin

Los Alamos, N.M.


As Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick commented, “Sanctuary cities entice people to believe they can come to America and Texas and live outside the law,” as well as enabling human smugglers and cartels.

There is only one way to end this dreadful activity, and that is by enacting immigration legislation, which would include more legal visas for guest workers and stricter border and workplace enforcement, such as mandating that every employer use the current E-Verify system to validate the legality of all employees.

Jim Redhead

San Diego


There are three legs to a strong immigration policy: positive control of the borders and all entering and departing immigrants, positive control over the entrants to the workforce, and prompt effective action to deport those who enter illegally. If those three elements were being adhered to and enforced, as required by current law, the “body count” wouldn’t be an item of discussion or provide the basis for an emotional plea for looser immigration policies.

Jack Hamilton

Silverdale, Wash.


The deaths of illegal immigrants on the southern U.S. border have nothing to do with U.S. “immigration dysfunction.” The evidence lies in the fact there are no bodies on the northern U.S. border.

Nancy Scott

Beaverton, Ore.


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