Amnesty Is Good
Critics oppose legalization because it "unfairly" rewards lawbreaking and because amnesty encourages further illegal immigration. However, legalization is essential to any meaningful immigration reform. History has taught us that certain laws that fly in the face of reality are repealed, while reality is not. For example, Prohibition was eventually repealed because having a law prohibiting alcohol didn't prevent anyone from drinking and didn't provide reasonable justification for alcohol's ban, instead it created an underground economy where a few profited from supplying market demand. Moreover, it created a threat to public health and safety because bootlegging individuals often times concocted beverages which were poisonous and dangerous to the public and made lawbreakers out of people whose only crime was to imbibe a social drink occasionally. Similar parallels can be found with the unwise laws prohibiting squatters on the Louisiana Purchase lands from obtaining title. Likewise, opportunity to gain legal status must be afforded to the undocumented because our economy and the marketplace will continue to employ hardworking immigrants, regardless of their legal employment status. Failure to fix our broken immigration system will only continue to create an environment of exploitation resulting in harm to everyone living in America. The blame lies with Congress for its widely held belief that the term "amnesty" is pejorative. Amnesty is simply righting Congress's prior wrong. Amnesty is the right thing to do.
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Sheila Danzig and John Kersey's article, "Does the Value of Your Degree Depend On the Color of Your Skin?" was misleading (10/21/05 ID article). I read the article, and could find no reference at all to race or skin color. I was not aware that all British university students were white and all Indian university students were "colored." This seems like another attempt by people to inject race into a matter where it is not at all relevant.
Katelyn Giovino, Paralegal / Office Manager
Watson Law Offices
I concur with Charles Grutman's analysis (10/20/05 ID) of what would most likely be the result of any politically conceived "guest worker program" and commend his letters' insight in this area, especially in bringing to light the highly exploited sugar cane workers, imported from the West Indies to work the cane fields of the South, just like their forebears were imported from Africa as slaves. It is deplorable. That is why my letter (10/18/205 ID) was so careful to point out that it must be a program that offers "the opportunity of decent wages and living conditions to fill the needs of American employers on a seasonal or part-time basis.", and then goes on to say, "Properly executed, my simple suggestion, woven into comprehensive immigration reform would positively impact farmers ..." Do I think the politicians could ever draft such legislation, especially under the Bush Administration? When pigs fly.
David D. Murray, Esq.
Newport Beach, CA
I read with dismay (10/19/05 ID article) "Keeping Extremists Out: The History Of Ideological Exclusion And The
Need For Its Revival". Rather than investigating people's actions the articles calls for punishing them
for merely their feelings and thoughts, not their actions. I would ask, is there a viable way to fairly
judge how people feel? Only a sci-fi mind-reading machine or a Spanish inquisition technique can do the
job. The article even exceeds a legitimate call to scrutinize extremists and defines the condition for
exclusion as being "a devout Muslim". In that context, it doesn't explain how to handle the six million devout Muslims who already are US citizens. It would make sense based on the article to promote a way to exterminate them for the scheme to be complete.
How does this article dare to publish such hateful speech?
Mr. Murray's letter to the Editor (10/14/05 ID) in Part 1, stated, "Lawyer bashing serves no purpose ... My letter, including that statement was neither "disingenuous", nor "dishonest" ... There are thousands of immigration lawyers ... neither write nor enforce the immigration laws. If we did, you can bet the law, the implementing regulations, the policies and procedures, would be much different.
Mr. Murray's letter to the Editor (10/14/05 ID) continued in Part 2, stated, "It is no secret that special interest lobby groups lobby everything, immigration included." His statements appear disingenuous and dishonest because if immigration laws were fixed, those many lawyers should be out of work and the matter would be enforcement, as it should be. His letter omits that special interests are represented by lawyers. I believe all citizens deserve all protections. I believe all non-citizens deserve less than all protections.
If you're born and become citizens of countries which are corrupt, failure, in endless civil wars and chaos. If you have to live and be happy with less than US $1 a day income just like those 2 billions people on this planet, won't you try whatever you can do to immigrate just anywhere legally or illegally even risk your life to get better hope and opportunity? Before condemning those who're looking for survival and better future for themselves and their family as illegals, better look to one's own ancestors as to why they immigrated to this land. Better to put one's feet in their shoes so that you'll have a little empathy and compassion.
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