The Oct. 3 letters to the editor bemoaning the participation of the Federation of American Immigration Reform (FAIR) in the Citizens for 287(g) Rally on Oct. 6 are making two errors.
One, they state based on the opinion of the Southern Poverty Law Center that FAIR is a hate group. I am a former supporter of SPLC who withdrew my support because of credible evidence that SPLC uses the hate group designation against political opponents. This unethical behavior undermines the good work they have done in the past.
Second, these writers are allowing the pro-illegal-immigration propaganda machine to convince them that the desire for a reasonable legal immigration program, and for maintaining a law-abiding society, is a sign of hate. So many believe this lie, and fail to see the political game that undermines efforts to create a fair and legal system of immigration in our country.
The ICE program in Frederick, which I have toured, studied and written about as a past Board of Contributors member of The News-Post, is strictly federally regulated, only implemented in the case of an arrest and conviction, and helps us all to remain safe from illegal entrants who commit crimes after they are here.