In response to Mr. Nunez

Dear Editor:
In response to Mr. Nunez’s “We’re better than the bullying and hate we’re seeing now” (2/4/17), the writer points to topics from Nazi ghettos, quoting Pastor M. Niemoller’s poem, bullyism, and summing up with sanctuary cities.
First of all, Martin Niemoller vehemently opposed the Nazis’ Aryan Paragraph, but made remarks about Jews that many scholars have called antisemitic. After his imprisonment at Dachau, he expressed his deep regret about not having done enough to help the victims of the Nazis.
It’s dangerously becoming common place today in hearing and reading about allusions to Nazism (directly or by hinting); and herein lies the extreme danger in drawing incendiary parallels to Hitler, Nazism, Fascism, and/or the Holocaust. There should be no place in our democratic conversation today in comparing any political party or person to the horrific episode of WWII Nazi Germany and Hitler; and all such references today aimed at any political figure are highly irresponsible and subversive, and should never be taken seriously. The fact is what really ignites the fires of antisemitism and racism is the constant media coverage of the misinformed making baseless and unfounded correlations to Hitler and Nazism.
Mr. Nunez continues with, “I am proud that we are a sanctuary city. I am proud we can see past our problems and see that no one should live in fear.” There’s
no legal definition of a sanctuary city, but most observers adopt criteria used by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to identify cities and counties where local authorities refuse to hand over illegal immigrants to federal agents for deportation. Many times we have seen illegal immigrants who are felons and who have been deported a number of times, as they return to the U.S. and commit more crime.
On July 1, 2015, Juan Francisco Lopez-Sanchez, an illegal immigrant from Mexico who had previously been deported five times was interviewed by ABC News: “Francisco Sanchez didn’t recall every detail because he says he doesn’t remember everything that happened. But in the 45 minute jailhouse interview, he revealed how the shooting went down and why he kept returning to the United States after being deported numerous times.
Barnard: “Did you shoot Kate Steinle, the lady who was down at Pier 14.”
Sanchez: “Yes.”
Barnard: “You did shoot her?”
Sanchez: “Mm hm,” he said with a nod.
As Mr. Nunez said, “We are better than this.” I agree, but in order to be safe in our country we need a “Rule of Law.” I do not understand why people have a hard time correlating “Illegal” with “breaking the law.” “Undocumented” means you have “no papers” – try getting a driver’s license with “no papers.” You drive a car illegally if you do not have a license – hence, you are breaking the law. I believe in immigration – we are a nation of immigrants. My grandparents came to the U.S. in 1905 through Ellis Island where they were processed legally.

Thank you,
John Amato