I was somewhat surprised to see the March 4 editorial cartoon by Bob Gorrell because of the fear-mongering content depicted.

While it is true that illegal immigrants can receive some benefits such as WIC, and that their children may attend schools, illegal immigrants, because they can’t get tax refunds or Medicare, etc., pay approximately $17 for every $1 of benefits received. While it is true that some illegal immigrants have committed violent crimes, it should be noted that, according to the FBI, while illegal immigration increased from 1990 to 2013, violent crime has actually declined, and so has property crime.

As for the cartoon character depicted as being a law-abiding citizen, the FBI indicates that 69 percent of all crimes are committed by white males over the age of 18.

As for the sanctuary the cartoon character is seeking, isn’t that found every time one drives down the street and is not harassed or discriminated against?

Richard Banks

South Yarmouth