To the editor: Since when did a lack of empathy with the displaced and a lack of experience with refugees qualify someone to head the State Department’s Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration?
In anti-immigration activist Ronald W. Mortensen, we have yet another nominee by President Trump whose career demonstrates nothing if not disgust for the bureau he’s been nominated to lead.
The Senate must reject him lest tens of thousands in need go without and what little moral suasion the U.S. has left turns to dust.
Martin Zogg, Los Angeles
The writer is the executive director of the International Rescue Committee’s Los Angeles office.
To the editor: Mortensen is labeled as anti-immigration, even though he oversaw humanitarian aid for millions of suffering people around the world.
Driven by immigration, California has nearly doubled its population over the past 40 years and outgrown its water security. But I doubt the Los Angeles Times will consider reducing immigration a polite topic for discussion, until Angelenos are displaced from their homes by water shortages — if even then.
Kenneth Pasternack, Santa Barbara