In the late twenties and early thirties, when the Italians were the immigrants in the spotlight, they were housed at Ellis Island. Later in the early sixties when the Cubans were running away from Fidel Castro and they were arriving in Miami, Florida, they were sent to the base of Opalaca while they were being checked out for political or socialist associations, as well as any health issues they might have.
At one time I entered this country as a Cuban refugee and I always refer to myself as “a poor Cuban refugee” even if I no longer am a refugee; I made this disclaimer to be able to write about this issue with a clear mind and not give the impression of being racist or unfair in my opinion.
Before getting into my opinion, or as this column is titled, My Point of View, I’d like to point out that neither the Italians in Ellis Island or the Cubans in Opalaca Base were enemies of this country. The Italians came here voluntarily and because they were looking for the American Dream. The Cubans, obviously, for political reasons.
The Cubans in particular were very Americanized and many of them immediately joined the different ranks of the U.S. Armed Forces and many of them were retired with ranks as high as General.
They were not enemies of this nation and presented with a theoretical clean bill about political affiliations, criminal records and health issues before being allowed to integrate themselves into the rest of the nation.
With that said, I cannot comprehend why all the attacks on Donald Trump, the Republican presidential front-runner candidate, when he said that if elected president he will not allow the Muslins in the country.
I don’t see any problem when the words that came out of the candidate’s mouth are similar to the feelings of many people who are concerned with the possibility of terrorism attacks like the ones that occurred in Paris and last week in San Bernardino, California.
It seems like everything Donald Trump says or does is a reason to criticize him, regardless of what it is.
It is understandable that the rest of the Republican candidates grab every opportunity to lead the attack on Donald Trump, because they don’t have the courage to speak out and express themselves like Donald
The issue here is very clear; maybe Donald Trump doesn’t have the finesse and hypocrisy that the professional politicians have, but it is clear that what he is saying is very clearly the sentiment of the majority of the rational citizens with common sense.
The problem is that those Muslims who practice terrorism in their countries also want to practice it here, and it is very hard to know who is the terrorist and who is not, so one logical solution for the safety of all citizens is to place all Muslims on hold to avoid another Paris or San Bernardino, California tragedy. It might be the best we can do for now.
It is like as when Trump proposes that all Muslims entering the United States need to register so we can know who they are and what they are doing here.
Every American person has to go through with the process of registering; why not the good and noble people of Syria?
We are registered in the hospital when born, registered when applying for a social security card, registered to vote, registered when we open a bank account or get a driver’s license, and when we get a job (they give us an employee number). We are a number at the Internal Revenue Service, and most likely the Justice Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation has a file on every American citizen or legal resident.
If all these government entities maintain a file on every decent, hard-working human being living in this country, why does there have to be an exception for the Syrian refugees that are supposed to be women and children, even though what we mainly see on the television set are young men in their twenties and thirties, far removed from what babies and defenseless women look like?
Doesn’t anyone realize that all of us are just a number in this country that now wants to give the Muslims and the Syrian refugees a name instead of a number?
If we all have to be registered, why should the American people allow Muslims to be exempt from registering so the authorities can allow them to be here, registration-free?
I do agree with Donald Trump on almost every issue he was presented with and answered like a real president should answer.
When Republican presidential candidate Donald John Trump announced his intention to run for the presidency of the United Sates of America, his intentions to close the border and put an end to the immigration fiasco the country is now facing made Trump a very popular candidate and he has maintained himself at the top of the list of the dozen and a half hopeful candidates because of the strong unapologetic manner he has displayed from day one.
Despite whatever the other Republican candidates may have said, Trump says that he will close the BORDERS, the Mexican border and the Canadian border, because the Mexican border is not the only one.
What is undeniably true is that Donald Trump is telling the American people what they have been saying to themselves for a long time and what the American people have been waiting to hear from a leader that
can change the future of this nation.
Donald Trump’s tough attitude and open dialogue with the American people have made a very popular candidate and has given the voters hope to be able to Make America Great Again.
And in order to Make America Great Again we have to close the borders, we have to register the Syrian refugees and close the door to all Muslims for now.
In order to Make America Great Again we have to make America safe and make safety our number one priority.
My name is Rolando Larraz, and as always, I approved this column. Rolando Larraz is Editor in Chief of the Las Vegas Tribune. His column appears weekly in this newspaper. To contact Rolando Larraz, email him at: Rlarraz@lasvegastribune.com or at 702-272-4634.