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Immigration Daily May 30, 2002
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Much of the material in Immigration Daily is from various government sources - the courts, various public and official Congressional sources, and of course numerous agencies of the Executive Branch. However, the Daily has always had some links to immigration material on other news sites, particularly those of large newspapers. Ordinarily, such sites are large, well-known news sites such as the Washington Post, the Chicago Tribune, the Houston Chronicle, etc. Occasionally, however, we link to lesser known, even obscure sites if we believe there is good reason to do so. One such link in yesterday's Daily was to a weekly in Billings, Montana which had a story on a deported German immigrant. This particular site has a "discussion" feature associated with its articles, where readers of the website can comment on the story. The discussion thread for the article we linked to had a number of comments from, to put it charitably, misinformed and emotional readers, who believe that the INS acts against those with white skin color. A letter to the Editor today from an immigration attorney asks us "Was it really necessary to [link to] the disgustingly racist remarks?"

It is a fact that there are some people in America who can only see the world through a racist lens. While this is regrettable, these people exist and cannot be wished away. It is our opinion that those who are against immigration make their presence felt loudly in all media, particularly on the internet. We would like to encourage those who are pro-immigration to be more active in contacting the media in general, and on the internet in particular. In fact, several of the posts, after we carried the link to the Billings site, made a pro-immigration point, undoubtedly made by our readers. Hitherto, the battle for immigration has been fought by those for immigration "inside the DC Beltway." No large public policy battle can ever be fought that way permanently. Those who bear the pro-immigration message must take it to John Q. Public. It would be a grave mistake to cede the media to those with the mistaken message.


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Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor:
Was it really necessary to print the disgustingly racist remarks found at the end of David Crisps interesting Billings Outpost article on Wolfgang von Eitzens deportation? The electronic public forum that followed the article is not news but sad evidence that there still exists in America a level of hatred and paranoia that shames us all. Since the comments were not authored by Mr. Crisp, and failed utterly to bear upon Mr. Von Eitzens plight in a worthwhile manner, I submit that you might have exercised better editorial judgment and declined to publicize the musings of a few malcontents whose opinions merely degrade the otherwise rational journalism shown in Immigration Daily.

Stephen B. Horton, Esq.
New Milford, CT

Editor's Note: We did not "print" the remarks, we linked to the article on the Billings Outpost site, which carried the remarks at the bottom of the article. Please see further comments in Editor's Comments above.

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