I have noticed that many of the letters you published
which favor the more "restrictionist" view of
immigration are anonymous. This is just my own
personal observations and not a scientific sampling.
I acknowledge the value of anonymous letters. There
was even a debate within the past year on ILW.COM
regarding that. However, to those who feel the same
way as I do on immigration, it is my opinion that in
order to push our side of the debate vigorously and
credibly, we should have the courage of our conviction
and be proud to include our names. The other side is
certainly not timid in including their names in their
letters, and in fact, seem do so with enthusiasm. My
theory is that some of us on the so-called
restrictionist side have bought into the labels pinned
upon us by the p.c. thought police such as
"intolerant", "racist", "cruel", etc. Thus, we feel
guilty when expressing our opinions in a public forum
such as here. These labels are manifestly unfair and
are simply tactics to obfuscate true debate of ideas.
One can be in favor of legal immigration and yet be
against illegal immigration at the same time. Let's
assert our belief bravely with no fear, as only with
an honest discussion of ideas will the immigration
system be improved.
Liem Doan, Esq.
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