Letters: Immigration plan good start 

"California welcomes immigration plan," News, Friday

Immigration plan good start

Our immigration system has been broken for years, that's why President Barack Obama announced his plans to fix it using his executive authority.

Every day we wait to act, millions of undocumented immigrants are living in the shadows. These are people who want to pay taxes, and live by the same rules as everyone else.

Since the founding of our country,, the contributions America receives from its generations of immigrants is the foundation our nation was built on!

The contributions of our immigrants can be seen in every aspect of our lives. We see it in religion, in business, in the arts, in education, in sports and in entertainment.

There is no part of our lives in America that has not been touched by our immigrant background. We define ourselves as a nation of immigrants.

It says something about us that people from around the world are willing to leave their homes, their families, and even risk their lives to come here.

The love for freedom has made America what it is. Let us live up to the creed inscribed on the Statue of Liberty: "Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free."

Robert Sodervick

San Francisco

Obama's action will cost us

It is a tale of two cities, of two nations and two imagined dictators, one the president of Russia, who is attempting to prevent what will be the darkening of the Russian people, the other the president of the United States, who is ordering the darkening of the American people.

In pushing his immigration plan, Obama is taking an administrative step to protect as many as 5 million people illegally in America and grant them work permits, and protect them from deportation. An action that is estimated to cost the American taxpayer some billions of tax dollars, the lowering of hourly wages, and the reduction of jobs for American citizens.

Frank Norton

San Francisco

President went too far

President Barack Obama unilaterally decided he knows better than anyone else which immigration laws he should enforce and which ones to ignore. Dictatorships are built upon humans like Obama.

So, instead of listening to democratically elected congressional and Senate representatives, Obama decides in back-room meetings with Latino advocacy groups that he won't deport illegal immigrants with whatever criteria the king imposes.

If others object, who cares -- that's how emperors act.

Republicans nationally were swept into House and Senate positions in November because Obama threatened unilateral immigration action.

But Obama actually doomed these 6 million illegals because they are coming out of the shadows to register their identities and addresses. In two years, a new president will immediately and simply deport these easily identifiable people.

Mike Brown

Burlingame

"Everybody has basic right to sleep, even homeless," Opinion, Wednesday

Homeless deserve respect

I totally agree with Jennifer Friedenbach about the "basic right to sleep." I see a lot of homeless people every day sleeping on the streets of San Francisco and think: What can be better than good sleep under a roof?

The holidays are coming, and all of us try to do something good for our relatives and loved ones. How about the homeless?

Georgy Prodorov

San Francisco

"Steep decline is refuted by city cab companies," The City, Monday

Taxi companies try to help

Many riders decry San Francisco taxis as bringing down their own demise by poor service and being unavailable. The taxis for years begged for more cabs to fill these needs. Their regulator, the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency, refused to significantly expand the taxi fleet.

The SFMTA did get more than $50 million from a so-called auction scheme, a nice deficit-reducing amount to offset their nontaxi-related budget deficits. Then, the California Public Utilities Commission unexpectedly deregulated the market for nearly anyone with an app and a vehicle.

These transportation network companies were not subject to the same costly rules and regulations as cabs.

This opportunistic and ill-conceived action by the same CPUC that allows PG&E a near free pass must be questioned.

Brian Browne

San Francisco

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