Regarding “Veers from our values,” (Feb. 3, page 23):

The abandonment of common sense is not an American value in seeking justice and liberty for the citizens of both America and of Mexico.

Take, for example, the “Railway Killer” — Raphael Resendez-Ramirez — who murdered 23 people, 16 in the United States and seven in Mexico. He was caught at the border numerous times and was “voluntarily released” back into Mexico. Before the FBI created its automated fingerprint detection system, Resendez roamed the nation from California to Georgia on freight trains. Mexico eventually helped the FBI track down Resendez.

Americans have the right to be safe from harm. “If men were angels, we wouldn’t need government,” James Madison once wrote. Your editorial does indeed veer from American values of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

Bob Podesfinski
Portland