Regarding the two letters to the editor of Jan. 13th, the first is from
an obvious disgruntled immigrant (Angie), who can only view momentous
events as they may effect her world, criticizing the most generous
policies in the world as unjust and the War on Terrorism as a War on
Immigrants, a narrow perspective indeed.
In the second, it's rewarding to find some areas of agreement with David
Murray, although we may differ some on the definition of a "more
balanced editorial posture". He discourages "proactive preaching" and
"over-editorializing" on either "the left or the right". If we may use
these terms for lack of better, my thrust was that ILW.COM's perspective
was too narrow to the "left" with a "what's in it for immigration
attorneys" theme, ignoring other legitimate concerns. Of course, Murray
is right in that each is entitled to express opinions in their own
manner. But then perhaps that's why we need more than one or several to
find the truth.
Murray expands the topic in mentioning the additional problem of the
"exodus of U.S. manufacturing overseas". But I believe he errs in using
this to deflect any criticism of our lax immigration and border policies
with his statement,"immigration is not the problem". Both are huge
problems. For example, see Rep. Tancredo's statement of this crisis at: http://www.house.gov/tancredo/newsroom/editorials/2002_10_10KrisEggle.htm.
It would certainly be unfair to expect ILW.COM to carry all the other views,
but at the same time, a complete, balanced view of this complex problem
will not be achieved unless some of them are considered and not ignored
or dismissed as "right wing" rant. Presuming one is interested in
learning the truth, such a study would eventually reveal why the term
"xenophobia" or "xenophobe" is so often heard or read in the media and
the more common condition of "xenomania" is never seen or heard.
Mr. R. L. Ranger
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