I write this letter to refute Ruben Navarrette Jr.’s idea that invasion means violence (Editorial Page, Wednesday, May 29, 2019).
We are being invaded and it is an invasion of epic proportions.
Deniers of the term invasion are proponents of what is happening rather than being concerned with its impact on those at the receiving end of the invasion.
Navarrette tries to tie in the notion of racism if we believe that our country is being invaded. He used the word invader or invasion only in one definition, which was to enter with “force.” But, there are other applicable definitions of the term.
For instance, invader can mean to intrude, to infringe, or to encroach.
As for “invasion,” the dictionary says that the term is synonymous with incursion or inroads. Nevertheless, the use of the term invasion adequately describes what is happening at our border.
Citizens need to be aware of those who try to obfuscate the issue by using words to their advantage and by tying specific terms to racist thoughts or acts. The acts of such reporters or opinion makers are to obfuscate and make one feel guilty for thinking the crisis is an invasion.
We need to get our politicians to act and to develop policies that confront and minimize such invasions. If we don’t, our society will not be able to assimilate the mass of humanity crossing our border which places our national philosophical doctrines at risk.
If we don’t act, the future does not bode well for our country as we know it.
Dr. George Hext Contreras, Rosenberg