Dear Editor:

I would like to clarify a couple of points that were made. First of all, the executive order is not to ban all immigrants coming into the U. S. The ban is only on 7 of the 47 other Islamic countries. These 7 countries were also on Obama’s list of countries of concern. 

During the Obama’s term his intelligence people were telling him that we had some serious problems with our borders and immigration. I heard them state this myself on TV. However, Obama chose to basically ignore them.

I have friends in Europe and they are not in favor of taking in just everyone. They do not have a problem with families but it is the 17 – 30 year old single males coming into the country who are a concern to them. Also, in the latest poll (2/10/17) 55 percent of Europeans support Trump in what he is doing with immigration.

If the ban goes on indefinitely or at least for the next 4 or 8 years, that is a good thing. Why do I say this? I have studied Islam and have read at least 25 books on the subject. I worked with a Muslim and he was a really good person. Personally, I don’t think he would hurt a flea. However, as you get further into Islam, there are radical sects in both the Shi’ite and Sunni forms of the religion.

These radicals are at war with us whether we want it or not. You are an infidel and they are willing to die to take you out. This is not something that is going to go away. The radicals know that the later “reciting” of Mohammad supersede all the things you hear about them being favorable towards the “people of the book.” 

There is also an effort underway to make the whole world “the house of Islam.” Having said that, I do not think there is a snake under every rock. There are good Muslims just like there are radical Muslims. (There are good Muslims who live in fear of speaking out as they will be targeted as well.)  

We have to try and put something in place to weed out the radicals. We cannot just open our boarder to everyone and anyone. Maybe our efforts now seem extreme because Obama had nothing in place. He knew there were radicals coming in as his intelligence people were telling him that … but then, Obama did not always do what was good for our country.

I am not against immigration but we do need to have something in place to protect you. I am not in favor of making things more difficult than they need to be so in that respect we would be on common ground. Remember, idealism grows in direct proportion to one’s distance from the problem. The people who work with this are the ones who need to work out the “kinks.” Like Eisenhower said, “It is easy to plow a field when you are in Washington pushing a pencil.”

David Becker

Decorah, (Burr Oak)