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July 10, 2013: Our readers write

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Upholding oaths

“I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter: So help me God.”

That has been the oath that every member of Congress has made since 1884. It is also taken by members of the United States armed forces, as well as many federal judges and government officials.

There are many government officials, (elected and appointed) that set up roadblocks in front of those who try to live up to that oath. Having secure borders for the United States is a duty and responsibility for all government members. The very people who oppose border security today, are making a hollow and shallow promise of improved border security, somewhere, way down the road. 

I want those who are promising future border security to tell me why our borders are not secure now. Those who stop the country from having secure borders are violating their oath of office. Those who support secure borders are challenged and verbally attacked as a person who is opposed to giving the oppressed an opportunity to live the American dream. 

The American dream has been here for hundreds of years, for millions upon millions of immigrants. Those who violate their oath of office are destroying that American dream. Those who continue to re-elect them, are doing the same.

E.A. Sparrow Jr.
Elizabethtown