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Opinion: No, it isn’t racist to deport criminal illegal immigrants

Hundreds march inside the Tom Bradley International Terminal at LAX in January to protest President Trump's immigration order.
Hundreds march inside the Tom Bradley International Terminal at LAX in January to protest President Trump’s immigration order.
(Patrick T. Fallon / For The Times)

To the editor: The review of opinions on who should be deported covered the spectrum from those who believe this should include everybody who entered illegally, to activist Pablo Alvarado’s outrageous assertion that no one at all should be deported, not even the dangerous criminals. (“Here’s why some immigrant activists say not even criminals should be deported,” May 6)

Alvarado defends his proposal to keep undocumented criminals in the United States by claiming that it is racist to send rapists and murderers back to their home countries, where they will prey on their fellow Latino citizens rather than people in this country.

The irony in this is that what he advocates is equivalent to what candidate Donald Trump mendaciously asserted: that Mexico is outwitting the United States by deliberately sending its “bad hombres” to the U.S.

Cyril Barnert, Los Angeles

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To the editor: Alvarado says, “It’s racist to think that it’s not OK for rapists and murderers to do their actions here, but it’s OK to do them in El Salvador and Guatemala.”

No one says it’s OK to rape and murder anywhere, but we have control only over our own country. So, we need to protect the United States from these types of people by not allowing them in and by deporting them when we find them here. What El Salvador and Guatemala do with these people is their concern.

How can it be racism when we apply the law equally to people of all backgrounds?

Connie Veldkamp, San Clemente

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