I have a hard time understanding how a person, an immigration attorney, can on the one hand believe that the forced deportation of undocumented people is the right thing to do for this country, and on the other, help these same people with their immigration issues. If that's the case, and I have no evidence to the contrary, it must weigh heavily on the conscience. How can we say as human beings, that destroying the lives that undocumented people have built here in the US, people whose ancestors were here far before some of us ever knew this place existed, by sending them back to a place they can barely live, is somehow the moral and just thing to do? I certainly can't reconcile that in my heart and mind. While undocumented people are living here illegally, I don't see anything unjust or immoral about it. Immoral would be to allow your children to starve to death when there was a chance, however small, that you might be able to provide at least a basic existence for them by traveling to another country, where you will work as a busboy at two restaurants, even though you are a 40 year old man, share a one bedroom apartment with 10 others who are similarly situated, and send what money you don't need for food, back to your family. Immoral would also be to send these people back effectively destroying their lives so that we won't feel threatened by people we perceive as different. Deport Ken Lay, not the local gardener or busboy.
By the way, I agree wholeheartedly with SJD & Richard Baer's letters. Also, in response to another comment from a previous posting. I am an African-American, who lives and grew up in one of the largest and most diverse cities in the country, and I can tell you that not one African-American I have ever met has any concern that somehow, Latinos are taking jobs away from them. Not to say that some misguided souls, falling for the constant "divide & conquer" tactics of a certain segment of the population aren't parroting this concern. But, at a local level, this just isn't a problem that is being discussed.
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