Letters to the Editor -- November 29, 2001

Published on Thu, Nov 29, 2001
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Letters to the Editor

Giving thanks...
The Editor:
Thank you to all who purchased the poinsettias for the senior grad night fundraiser. Delivery will be the week of December 1.
Our new fundraiser is butter braids which are on sale now. These delicious pastries are made from 100 percent real butter and come with seven different fillings; cherry, apple, peach, blueberry, raspberry, cream cheese, and cinnamon. They also have caramel rolls. The price is $8 each. The sales lasts until December 1 and delivery will be the week of December 17. To place your orders, please call Sheila Connors at 332-2740 or stop by the schools and place your order.
We thank the community for its support with this event.
Sheila Connors, committee chairman
Blaine

Vamoose, amigos!
The Editor:
There are over 16,000 prisoners incarcerated in Washington state prisons. Of those, over 1,000 are Mexican nationals (illegal aliens) who have outstanding immigration deportation orders to be returned to their country or origin upon completion of their sentences. Few people are aware that an International Treaty on the Execution of Penal Sentences exist between Mexico and the U.S. The Washington state department of corrections (DOC) is aware of said treaty; however, DOC refuses to send illegal aliens back to their country of origin because sending them back conflicts with DOC’s interests, i.e., more prisoners, more violence, more prisons, more taxpayers money allocated for DOC.
Implementing the International Treaty on the Execution of Penal Sentences would mean that the over 1,000 illegal aliens presently incarcerated in state prisons would be sent back to their country of origin, not to be free, but to continue serving their lawfully imposed sentence, as mandated by the treaty, at a cost, however, to the Mexican government and not to Washington state taxpayers.
Enforcing the treaty would relieve overcrowding and make it feasible for authorities to simply the limited resources to create programs which will prevent those prisoners who will be released to the communities of the state from returning back to prison. Why Americanize illegal aliens who will be deported anyway? Send them back to their country of origin to serve their sentences. The main point in this issue is that those illegal aliens who are sent back to their country of origin will not go unpunished. The treaty directs that they must complete the entire portion of their sentences, at a cost, however, to the Mexican government, and not to Washington state taxpayers.
Taxpayers are no longer willing to provide for more prisons ... Or are they? Communities in the state no longer desire to have facilities housing violent sexual predators in their backyards ... Or are they? There is also a projected one billion dollar state budget deficit. One thousand illegal aliens at $35,000 per illegal per year amounts to a savings of $35 million a year. Why punish law-abiding taxpayers with reductions in social and health services, and college students with an increase in tuition cost.
If you are a taxpayer and you have had enough, contact your legislator/senator and direct him/her to employ the existing International Treaty. Governor Gary Locke: 360/902-4111 or Attorney General office: 360/753-6200.
Donald E. Lambert
Walla Walla

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