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A recent letter to the Editor asked, "What does ILW.COM stand for?" An Editor's note (07/11/06 ID) misstated that it stood for immigration lawyers on the web. This is no longer true. In 1995, ILW.COM was created by the Hake family as a web hosting and design company which hosted websites for immigration attorneys. At the time, ILW.COM used to stand for immigration lawyers on the web. ILW.COM has evolved and is a law publishing company. ILW.COM does not stand for anything in particular now. However, many readers believe that Immigration Law on the Web is an appropriate description for "ILW" in ILW.COM.
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To draw an analogy between someone who unknowingly commits a crime because of an oversight and someone who intentionally violates a law, such as an immigration law, borders on the ridiculous (see 07/12/06 ID comment). To compare Rep. Hostettler's alleged stand on immigration enforcement to his obvious and admitted mistake, for which he was fairly punished by a system of laws ignores the fact that all law breakers, including immigration law breakers, should be dealt a fair punishment. Let's keep the personal mudslinging out of ID's editorials. As to ID's suggestion that Rep. Hostettler reflect on "whether undocumented aliens or our nation's broken immigration system is at fault" - I'll be so bold as to answer that one - they share equal blame; the system for creating an intolerable situation over the past 20 years of lax law enforcement and the illegals for capitalizing on it and bringing America to its knees in deference to their blatant lawlessness. Let's create a workable "unskilled worker program" to meet the real needs of American employers, to fill the jobs "Americans won't do", free from political meddling and arbitrary limits like those that are placed on the H-1B/H-2 categories. If an "unskilled worker program" were to become a reality, there could be no more excuse for employers to hire an "illegal alien", or for bleeding hearts to sympathize with lawbreakers who are "simply trying to earn a living to support their families." And after America has a reasonable "unskilled worker" program in place, the great gurus of immigration reform can argue all they want, none of which will solve the problems, but, as the past has proven, will surely add to them. Let's follow the law, but let's make sure the law meets the needs of the times.
David D. Murray, Esq.
Newport Beach, CA
Your editorial entitled "deport Rep. Hostettler" uses an illogical argument (07/12/06 ID). Are you saying that Rep. Hostettler wants or needs mercy like aliens? if so, I do not think you can make that argument successfully. Some crimes require a showing of "intent" to be a violation of the law. Such is the case with carrying a hand gun in an airport. A busy person with a license to carry a hand gun could easily forget about it and carry it into an airport without the "intent" to commit a crime. Rep Hostettler didn't have the intent to break the law. If you use logical steps of reason, you are unable to compare Rep. Hostettler's "mistake" of carrying a gun in an airport with that of an alien overstaying a visa or entering the U.S illegally. Aliens do not overstay visas because they make "mistakes" and if by chance they do, they should depart immediately. The same is true of having entered the U.S illegally. One does not "mistakenly" enter the U.S without inspection and admission. It is difficult to compare this event with Rep Hostettler to the actions of aliens who are here unauthorized. I understand the point you are trying to make, but I felt compelled to point out the use of an illogical argument.
Elaine Morley, Esq.
Perhaps our elected representatives should reflect on how the immigration system became broken in the first place? (see 07/12/06 ID comment). If the pre-1980 and pre-1990 immigration laws were still in effect many of the people that are now considered illegal would be legal. There would be more legal avenues for people to come. No one wants to be illegal. If they have a means of being here legally they would take it. Who writes the laws? Who passes the laws? I believe that is Congress. So, Congress created much of the current immigration mess by passing poorly written and poorly thought out legislation in the past, because they were more interested in getting reelected in those years than they were about the future the U.S. So, are we headed for fixing immigration law or is this another case of politics in an election year, passing laws that are basically flawed but have emotional appeal so the representatives can get reelected? If they pass legislation that is enforcement only without consideration for fixing the legal system of immigration, that does nothing to make our country more secure (information/intelligence is needed to prevent terrorist attacks, walls just keep out some job seeking immigrants) or to prevent future problems. Indeed, it will create more problems.
What next these anti immigration folks here will complain and ask to their lawmakers to do? What about banning ATM machines, automated check in kiosks in the airports, or maybe automated EZ pass toll collection system in East Coast US highways because they all take high paying Americans' jobs? What about banning e-mails too, because it takes American postmen jobs too? I would like to remind these folks that lazy shameless US citizens are likely to abuse welfare system than illegals. I oppose any kind of giving free handouts for lazy, able bodied people, legal or illegals don't matter. Just look at those hurricane Katrina evacuees who committed frauds and spent the tax money on lavish vacations and Dom Perignon. Deport these crooks if possible (07/12/06 ID comment), and let good, hardworking, tax paying illegal immigrants be US citizens.
Responding to ID's 07/12/06 comment, I made a similar point several months ago in the Bloomington Herald-Times. However, I believe the most crucial point is that our system holds immigrants and employers to higher standards of behavior than our elected officials. That's not an immigration problem; it's a problem with a governmental system that doesn't create enough accountability for elected officials. Maybe we can vote him out, maybe not; he is attractive to his consituents. Felons can't vote. Perhaps, criminals should not be allowed to hold office.
Just how does ID read that Rep. Hostettler thought it was "OK" to break the law? (07/12/06 ID comment). Whether he did it intentionally or not, he pleaded guilty and paid the prescribed penalty. Sure doesn't sound to me like he thought it's "OK" to break the law. So, by all means, let illegal aliens do the same. Admit that they are breaking the law by being here illegally or working illegally, and observe the prescribed remedy - departure. As for Mr. Algase's letter (07/11/06 ID), I find it interesting that his letter refers to Mr. Tancredo's and Mr. Hayworth's knowledge of "Latino immigration". And here I thought that America's immigration laws were written for the benefit of all Americans, not just Latinos, and that people from all countries should have the opportunity to come here legally - not just those from Latin America. Of course, Mr. Algase's letter is aware that his comparison with the African-American civil rights movement is deeply flawed, first, because illegal aliens no matter where they are from are not entitled to "civil rights" in this country because they are not even legal residents much less citizens, and second, because Latinos are not a race, but an ethnicity. Latin America has also had its own waves of immigration which make it ethnically and racially diverse - not "brown" as those who like to play the race card claim.
It clearly says (ID Comment 07/12/06) that Rep. John Hostettler
immediately apologized for his fault that he did inadvertently. Yet
he received a 60-day suspended sentence. The mistake he made is not
uncommon, and it may happen to anybody's daily life. So this kind of
mistake cannot be compared with the willful mistake that illegal aliens
are making in the US. The illegals are intentionally breaking our
laws. They know quite well that they are overstaying their visa and it
is a crime. As Rep. Hostettler received a sentence for his unintended
mistake, the illegal aliens should be sentenced to deportation.
Responding to Roger Algase's letter (7/12/06 ID), how can the citing of facts,
summary comment on points made and other observations of the record and
article of Linda Chavez (7/11/06 ID) possibly be considered an "ad
hominem attack" or how would it be possible to specifically respond to
all of her points in a short letter to the Editor, within word limits? Paul Donnelly's letter (7/12/06 ID) reaffirmed
that Ms. Chavez does not support the enforcement first position, hardly
"impeccable conservative credentials" as Mr. Algase's letter maintained. And
Rep.'s Tancredo and Hayworth were mentioned as "authorities" on American
sovereignty and laws who are also experienced on the illegal invasion. And
why doesn't his letter consider the question posed in Miguel Michael D.'s letter (7/11/06 ID)
as to whether Latinos are more prone to be sex offenders, to be legitimate. Sociologists delve into such matters regularly. Those who see racism everywhere they look, offend logic, ignore the rule of law,
are critical of those who put America first, show favoritism to foreigners and label discussion as an attack are the ones who remain difficult to respect or to take seriously. Regarding Rep. Hostettler (7/12/06 ID comment), your comparison is invalid and shows the favoritism to illegals and the "hard line" against citizens. Had he received a speeding ticket and paid his fine, would ID still try to make a comparison with his position on immigration? He did not deliberately plan to break the law, and he was penalized. Deliberate illegal invaders, who are not citizens, should be as well, the penalty being deportation, not amnesty, bringing them out of
the shadows, providing a path to citizenship, given drivers licenses or other benefits or legalizing that which is illegal.
R. L. Ranger
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