Wow! I got your attention didn't I. Right on, all of you, and if I have to be the whipping boy to generate some intellectual thought, then so be it - I will gladly be that whipping boy. However, I am somewhat surprised, yet encouraged by RL Ranger's response because I always thought RL was more or less anti-immigrant - I guess I was wrong - he shows he does have compassion for immigrants, even illegals, and a true sense of right. Ultimately, he just may deserve to wear the mask and ride the white horse of the Lone Ranger, whose name he has apparently chosen to use in his editorials. As to Justin Randolph's response I can only say that over the past 25 years I have helped so many "illegal immigrants" to achieve their US immigration goals that I will just stand on my record, which I need not defend. However, since the implementation of the 10-year bar to admissibility, it is much more difficult, if not impossible in some cases, to help illegals and we must simply tell them to be patient and await pending immigration law reform. I, for the most part, agree with Justin on the other points he makes and believe Justin always adds a degree of common sense, logic and compassion to his Immigration Daily opinions. SJD the initialed masked man whose identity remains even more guarded than RL Ranger, makes some points of logic, but he tends to drift off into the never-never land of the inequity of slavery, the pillage and plunder of the native American and the robbery of their land by "illegals". The past is largely irrelevant to the course modern immigration to the US should take. These are different times than during the founding of the nation - not necessarily better, but certainly different. In the year 2003, we must accept that we live in an age when in the US we have hundreds of millions of people, rather than a few hundred thousand, or perhaps a few million, back in colonial days. We live in a more troubling time, when those in power have the capability of annihilating the world as we know it with the simple push of a button, a time when we as a nation once again face rising unemployment, terrorism, war, rampant social welfare programs, budget deficits, drugs, violent crime, eroding family values, reality shows, crumbling bridges and highways, under funded schools, the rigors of globalization and rampant political and corporate corruption. And we live in a time when a has-been child star, a smut peddler and a porn star are running for governor of the fifth largest economy in the world in a recall election, not to mention "The Terminator" and "hast la visa, baby", go figure. What is important here and now is that our federal legislators look to the future and face reality, rather than political expediency, the likes of which was recently demonstrated by the governor of the State of California when he signed a law that gives illegals the right to apply for driver's licenses - right in the midst of his recall, in an obviously politically motivated gesture, with the all too obvious intent of endearing himself to Hispanics, legal and illegal alike - while at the same time offering no solution at all to California's huge deficit and mismanagement (and yes, I'm a life-long Democrat). In these troubling times, we need Congress to strip the immigration issue to the bone, rewrite our complex and archaic immigration laws and regulations, such as those that relegate even spouses of many US citizens to long waits abroad, while imposing on them the outdated concept of the "Catch 22" game of "dual intent visa fraud". Congress must pass laws that will help the economy of the US and its people, all its people, even those for whom the proverbial carrot-on-the-stick has been dangled across the border - those who have been coaxed to come northward by a system in Latin America that fails to meet their needs, in favor of "Los Estados Unidos ricos", which does - law or no law. Congress must recognize that the Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Service is grossly underfunded, its equipment outdated and unable to keep abreast of the burgeoning demand of twenty-first century immigration. Congress must realize that instead of an out-dated and archaic set of immigration laws and procedures that are the mutated child of past mistakes, the US must have cogent immigration legislation that faces human and economic reality, leaving ethnic bias and fear at the door. But most of all, we need to pass laws that will be followed and enforced. All things considered, I believe the sleeping dog has once again arisen on the pages of ILW.COM and I wish to thank RL Ranger, Justin and SJD for performing the awakening, even if at my expense. Now, it's easy to criticize. Solutions anyone?
David D. Murray, Esq.
Newport Beach, CA
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