Regarding Anne Babson’s recent letter, “Trump’s anti-immigrant policies alarming”: It is troubling when people opine about “anti-immigrant” policies, policies they object to when referring to people who have come into our country illegally or have overstayed their visa and thus are in our country illegally. It is deeply concerning that many people no longer make the distinction between legal and illegal immigration. There are 11.6 million people in the United States illegally. Just because someone gets into our country without benefit of the legal process doesn’t mean they get to stay. The exception was the Cuban “wet foot dry foot” policy. In January of 2017, in the last days of the Obama administration, the president ended the Cuban “wet foot-dry foot” policy, meaning any Cuban citizen reaching U.S. soil would be allowed to stay in the United States and could become a citizen in one year. This is a policy that had been in place for 20 years. I don’t recall a letter from Babson opining that the Obama administrations immigrant policies were “alarming.”

The United States admits approximately 500,000 non-citizens into our country legally each year; the operative word is legally. They applied, worked through the immigration process and met the requirements for legal entry into the United States

According to the American Immigration Center, prospective immigrants with immediate family members in the United States can obtain a green card relatively quickly. For those without immediate family members, obtaining a green card can take up to two years or longer after applying. We are a generous country; we are also a country of laws — laws that the president of the United States is sworn to uphold, regardless of party. That being said, the likelihood of any president rounding up and deporting 11.6 million illegal immigrants is remote. The issue of criminal illegal immigrants is an entirely different subject. It is difficult to find any justification for allowing criminal illegals to stay in the United States.

What I find alarming are people who cannot or choose not to distinguish between legal and illegal immigration; that is a problem.

John Coleman

retired sales executive

Mandeville