Catholic Charities and other church organizations are providing help for immigrants on our southern border. We should be helping people who are in such dire need. But the immigration issue is complex.

These are people violating U.S. immigration law. They are here because of irresponsible behavior by our government and some members of our church who encouraged them to break our laws.

To aid and abet them is starting down a Machiavellian path of “the ends justify the means” that also can be used to justify other bad things, like abortion and burning and looting cities.

Our government and our church should be discouraging illegal immigration and instead spending our money and time on fixing the problems in the immigrants’ home countries.

Ben Lazorti

Albany