Welcoming refugees while staying secure

To the editor:

In 1886, the Statue of Liberty was unveiled on Bedloe Island in New York harbor. It bore the inscription: "Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, the tempest-tost to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door!"

Two years later, in a London district known ironically as Whitechapel, an individual was committing atrocities against women at least equally repellent as the beheadings and other acts committed by ISIS forces today.

We now have limited immigration out of necessity and visas are required. We must now remain true to the sentiments of the Statue of Liberty and, at the same time, we must assure that no visas are issued to the likes of "Jack The Ripper."

Robert Gorden Becket