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Robert Yang's letter takes the position that the immigration debate is all about fear of competition (05/23/2008 ID, etc.). Roger Algase's letter takes the position the immigration debate is all about racial prejudice (05/23/2008 ID, etc.). I take the position they are both right, and both wrong. There is no single motivating, or even compelling, position. Everyone seems to have their opinion about the immigration debate, even those who have never really thought about or studied immigration issues. Then there are special interest groups like the Center for Immigration (CIS) at one end of the restrictionist scale and FAIR and DARE at the other, and the pro-immigration champions, AILA and Immigration Daily on the more liberal side. While some immigration lawyers are activists, most immigration lawyers are busy making their living by helping immigrants through the maze of existing law, regulations, procedures and policies that are so complex it takes a qualified and knowledgeable lawyer to make any sense, if the government's miasma we call our "immigration system" can ever make sense. ID's editorial entitled "American Suicide" (05/23/2008 ID), quoting New York Mayor Richard Bloomberg, contains the statement, "If our country's future is going to be as great as our past, we have to start realizing that immigrants have always been - and always will be - one of our greatest economic and cultural assets." While this is surely true, America needs to responsibly control its influx of immigrants in order to insure domestic economic stability. It would be impossible to throw open our borders and survive economically. Cogent immigration reform should not include prejudice, but on what is good for America. Of course, viewpoints of what is good for America differ dramatically - and that's a problem.
David D. Murray, Esq.
Newport Beach, CA
Further to my letter (05/23/08 ID), some recent restrictionst letters in ID have argued that their opposition to both legal and illegal immigration is not based on prejudice toward any particular group, but is only concerned with rational factors such as how many people this country can absorb and the effect of immigration on wage levels, public services, security, law enforcement, etc. But if opposition to immigration is entirely rational, what is the point of trying, as some recent ID letters have done, to demonize Spanish-speaking and other minority immigrants, as "violent criminals" "murderers", "rapists", and "invaders", or as members of a supposed "Aztlan" plot for the "reconquista" of the Southwest? This latter fantasy can only remind one of the infamous anti-Semitic forgery, "Protocols of the Learned Elders of Zion" that was disseminated by Henry Ford and other hatemongers beginning in the 1920's. Just as vicious, false charges against the Jews led to restrictive policies that once turned away thousands of refugees from Nazi Germany, similar expressions of hatred toward Latino and other darker-skinned immigrants are now leading to the tragic increases in deaths at the Mexican border, from deliberate medical neglect and similar cruelties at immigration detention facilities, and to many other abuses inconsistent with the values of a civilized, democratic society. "Enforcement only" is not an immigration policy..It is nothing but popular prejudice, political pandering, and persecution.
Roger Algase, Esq.
New York NY
United States Of America is blessed by being an immigrant country. Everyone in this land pay taxes every time they buy anything from water , cigarettes, food, clothing, etc. US is a big capitalist country than anyone in the world why then we are refusing customers to our shores? This is insane. No business will like to stop customers to coming to their stores. Let's legalize today all our people that are great contributors to this great nation.
Once again it seems Mr. Utterback's letter (05/22/08 ID),
just doesn't get it. This country needs the
illegal immigrant workforce to function, and anybody who thinks
Americans will fill the jobs illegal immigrants do, has their head in the
sand. Employers cannot afford to offer $30 an hour with benefits
which is what most Americans expect before they even lift a finger.
Why do you think so many jobs have been outsourced and companies forced to move overseas?
Illegals will work for much less and take those hard, low-paying jobs.
And they bring their families with them. This is to be expected and
it is inhumane to expect otherwise. A guest worker program should
be established but in the meantime the U.S needs the cheap labor we receive from
south of the border. Stop worrying about any perceived "threat"
from illegal immigrants and try getting realistic about the
tremendous economic contribution they make to our country.
All they want from this country is a chance to work.
Roger Algase's letter (05/23/08 ID) is welcome. "Prejudiced" is a far less loaded term than "racist", even if we all know he means the same by the two terms. I whole-heartedly congratulate him on making the concession. As for irrational assumptions, Mr. Algase letter (05/22/08 ID) tossed in an irrelevant observation that voter identification laws are "intended to make it harder for African-American and Latino US citizens to vote". When even the Carter Center supports such laws to prevent non-citizens and felons, along with fraudulent voters, from tipping elections, I would suggest the letter review "irrational hostility" again. People can disagree without being "irrationally hostile". That said, the concession of refraining from tossing charges of racism about will likely calm a lot of letter-writers down and get more of us to actually focus on... immigration. That would be a virtuous circle. I know I'll spend relatively more of my letters pointing out that we could do with a few tens of thousands more highly skilled, highly motivated immigrants every year instead of defending restrictionsists from charges of racism. Bill Dahl's article (05/21/08 ID) likely shares almost all of Mr. Algase's opinions, and thus I disagree with many of its assumptions, but I found his article, The Disease Without A Name, moving. I wish I would take Mr. Dahl's object lesson in catching more flies with honey than vinegar and in assuming one's opponents are human beings worthy of respect to heart more often.
Whether or not the letters of R. Algase or R. Yang (5/23/08 ID) continue
charges of "racist", "prejudiced" or "fear of competition",
respectively, towards responsible restrictionists, their "irrational
hostility" towards this group meets the stated definition of being
prejudiced with their refusal to attribute other valid reasons and
motives for reduced numbers of entrants other than "negative views"
towards ethnic groups. Thus, their letters display real prejudice while
irresponsibly and falsely railing against the moderate position. It is
the "monster" of excess and uncontrolled numbers that is: "looming over
our immigration system, threatening to destroy it" and US. Excessive
numbers of legal entry are just as problematic as are the illegal
variety as David Seminara's backgrounder
reports: "No Coyote Needed: U.S. Visas Still an Easy Ticket in
Developing Countries" (3/31/08 ID). Mr. Seminara, a U.S. Foreign
Service tenured member from 2002-2007, discusses his inside view of the
disaster that is U.S. visa policy. The teachings of Jesus appllied to
personal behavior, not national policies. Even so, how many invite
strangers to live in their homes? An article by Joe Guzzardi says: "It's Official! Legal Immigration Is A Bigger
Problem Than Illegal Immigration!" concludes: "With visa fraud raging,
legal immigration has emerged as a bigger peril to American sovereignty
than illegal immigration". Reduced visas and entry numbers, secured
borders and adequate enforcement with no birthright citizenship should
be our policies to reduce entry numbers to reasonable limits. This is
not racism, hatred or anti-immigrant. It is arrogant, irresponsible, and
against the interests of American citizens to suggest otherwise.
Regarding Roger Algase, Esq.'s letter (05/23/08 ID), I attended an immigration ceremony and
there were people of all races present. The Secy of Agri was there
and he was Latino and i shook his hand. He's a very nice gentleman.
When I worked,
I was taught by a US citizen, a Mexican gentleman and he was
better than all the whites. He had compassion. Then too, in another
department it was an islamic gentleman that helped me the most.
It is not the race that makes a differance here, but the motive of
American corporations bringing Latino's in the country, and it
is the burden on American taxpayers when we can't raise our
own children in America for the massive ADC and illegals that
puts our own freedoms and our own ability to enjoy our own country
in jepordy. So, you work in a meat packing plant, whatever you do,
you replace American workers, you place your dependents on an
already burdened citizen. This is a excreciating delima, but the
methods are discriminitory against the citizens. This is not a solution,
but adding fire to the problem. I continue to press for overseas workers in America.
Our government doesn't like that as everyone should be equal.
But, all the countries of the world are being indunated by illegals
whether France, england, Denmark, Australia and its a major
problem and no one address the real solution. I say, the Americans
need help, not competetion for their sacrifices. Whats wrong with
fulfilling your needs not your wants. Whats wrong with being an
overseas worker making less, keeping your family in your host
country, providing them food, clothing, housing. It's done all over
the world and it works. Its not ideal, but it fulfills your need.
Thats compassion with reality.
Regarding Mr. Utterback's letter (05/23/08 ID) that the U.S. should keep it's money for itself. The facts: The U.S. has always been a generous, loving and caring country. It has always helped it's neighbor no matter whether they like us or not. Even to the present day where a government doesn't want our help, we keep knocking to let us in to help their people when we see a need. We give more than even the richest country including the U.N. many times over. And yes we need the money for ourselves. But our country is not a scrooge. It gives even when it hurts. That's why the United States of America is a blessed country. Simple principal that works even for private enterprises and individuals. The more you give, the more you receive.
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