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Immigration Daily January 3, 2007
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Dear Editor:
If Immigration Daily really believed in the 1st Amendment to the US Constitution, they never could have published their editorial in the 01/02/07 edition. While some may disagree with Mr. Tancredo and Mr. Good, they have every bit as much right to express their opinion under the 1st Amendment as does any other citizen. To call for incoming Speaker Pelosi to "...consider asking the House to refuse to seat the two gentlemen until they recant their statements," and a call for "The incoming House of Representatives to consider censuring these two gentlemen ...," and the other laundry list of actions ID believes should be taken by Congress to muzzle these two miscreant radicals, is patently un-American. Americans must understand that if the 1st Amendment is to work, it must apply to all and not be applied selectively. It cannot be applied to protect only those who express popular views. And certainly, the 1st Amendment must apply even to those who decry it - for that the essence of the 1st Amendment. Under the ID view, the old adage commonly attributed to the French philosopher, Voltaire, "I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it." would not be honored. I suggest that some additional thought be given to both the tenor of the times and to the actual protections that are, or should be, afforded by the US Constitution - in this case the 1st Amendment right of free speech. But America cannot, as ID suggests, have it both ways - a 1st Amendment that protects their own freedom of speech, but censures Mr. Tancredo and Mr. Goode. Somewhere there must be a balance between combating evil and retaining freedom, but to deny any Constitutional right of any citizen, in the name of preserving freedom, only destroys it.

David D. Murray, Esq.
Newport Beach, CA

Dear Editor:
While I do not necessarily agree with certain comments (01/02/07 ID) made by Congressmen Tancredo and Goode regarding Congressman Ellison, I suspect ID has no idea what Congressman Ellison's beliefs and practices really are. ID's defense of religious tolerance is admirable, but ID should do it with eyes wide open, knowing that the people ID defend would very much like to destroy the system of laws by which we govern ourselves, a system so dear to us but anathema to them. I wonder if, in the interests of fair play, ID would now supplement its diatribe against Tancredo and Goode by explaining what they have good reason to get upset about, even if they are overreacting.

Oscar Jaeger
Brooklyn, NY

Dear Editor:
ID's comment "Tancredo And Goode" (see 1/2/07 ID) is both interesting and thought provoking. I recently read a piece proclaiming that the social and legal fabric of these US was in the image of 1500's scholar John Calvin who argued the need for separation of church and state. The piece reported his beliefs as presented in his version of the Holy Bible scared King James of England so much the King ordered preparation of another presentation of biblical philosophy to assure Catholicism could maintain status quo. It is our great fortune those standards were incorporated into our Constitution and law. I also suggest your castigation of the antics of Msseurs Tancreto and Goode rightfully identify instances where closer attachment to our guideposts would be valuable. However, it appears your views totally ignore the extremely dangerous times we live in that allow extremists all over the world to attempt regime overthrow with subugation of the masses in the name of religion. History contains example after of example documenting the castrophe that waits if we fail to identify and overcome those who pervert what you refer to as religions "of peace and tolerance" into circumstances where none may live freely within constraints of rule of written law. (Sha'ria law is without benefit of written standards - what will all the lawyers do to earn a living?) As you denigrate extreme views of one side, it might help to suggest another path to world peace.

Tim Houghtaling

Dear Editor:
Kudos to ID for such a very well thought of and richly worded editorial (as usual) about one of the most time-honored institutions in the US (see 01/02/07 ID comment). It's just unfortunate that in doing so, ID's rhetorics had to revolve around two individuals who misrepresent such ideals. i want to say no thanks to both Misrepresentative Tancredo and Misrepresentative Goode.

Adolfo Nabor

Dear Editor:
Using ID's rationale (see 01/02/07 ID comment), President Roosevelt should have held a meeting with his Cabinet and said, "Gee, those rascal Japanese did it again....they almost bombed our Navy into oblivion. We must ask them what we have done to infuriate them so...must be something religious. We will not take the bait...we will negotiate." Islam is no more a religion of peace than was the religion of the Emperor Hirohito or the occultic rantings of Adolph Hitler. I'll take Mr. Goode and Mr. Tancredo any day. I think it is clear who is defending the sure isn't the appeasors and milktoasts like ID.

Bob Stille
Virden, NM

Dear Editor:
The editor's "Comment" in the "Daily" dated 1/2/07, describes Representative Tom Tancredo of Colorado as "fanatically anti-immigration". I have seen Rep. Tancredo speak in person and in the media many times. He is consistently anti-illegal-immigration, but I have never once heard him say he was opposed to legal immigration. Is being opposed to illegal immigration as the same thing as being "anti-immigration"?


Dear Editor:
Despite ID's fervor on religion (see 01/02/07 ID comment), this isn't about Rep. Ellison's religious beliefs or when his family came to this country. The issue is the "glorious tradition" of the oath being taken with the bible and has been through out our is an American symbol and tradition regardless of religious beliefs. The problem today lies in those that would like to destroy all American culture, history, traditions and attacking those who don't want that to happen. Political Correctness ... let us not offend anyone, but we can be offended, we the majority. Political Correctness is the current form of curbing speech and Political Coward-ness. Mr. Goode and Mr. Tancredo took this oath and took it seriously. Our Constitution starts at our borders and comes inward... and unfortunately the President, most of Congress and State elected officials who let their greed take form of their agenda have decided it's worth more. As our Constitution Article Four requires the US to guarantee to each state a republican form of government, and to protect the states from invasion and violence. And it is disingenuous to attack Mr. Goode and Mr. Tancredo because they believe our laws should be enforced, our borders should be secure and our security should be utmost as the majority of Americans demand. There is a difference between immigration (a platform of legal entry) and illegal aliens who came here illegally, who use document fraud to get benefits and jobs, bring in diseases, kill Americans, drug wars and smuggling. etc. Which they are avowedly against our constitution not being enforced, as the majority again demands an end too. And freedom of speech isn't just for ID, although ID seem to want to impose your will on Mr. Goode and Mr. Tancredo and silence their speech.


Dear Editor:
I guess in Baileyville, Maine they do not have any farmworkers, restaurant workers, construction workers, nannies, or others who may not be here legally to serve but in the rest of the country that is not the case. jhf's comments (12/29/06 ID) that "Most of us "restrictionists" agree that "employer sanctions" is a very important part of immigration enforcement, and we're all for prosecuting employers who "knowingly" hires illegal aliens. But I believe there are a lot of other folks as "guilty" as employers for the mess we're in - people who "enable" the illegal aliens and their employers" - i.e., people who go to restaurants, who have kids who are looked after by nannies, people who hire contractors to renovate their homes, people who eat fruit bought in a grocery store, we are all guilty and we all benefit from this service. Everywhere I go from San Francisco, where I live, to New York City to Virginia Beach, VA and points in between, I can't help but notice the workers who are lifting the dishes off the restaurant table, the hotel cleaners, the nannies with the kids who don't look like them at the parks, the construction workers building decks, and all the others who if asked would probably not want to answer whether they have a green card or are a U.S. citizen. I would agree with jhf's comment that "Unless and until this country reaches a consensus on what it wants to do about immigration, passing more laws and punishing one group of people isn't going to change much of anything."

Susanna I. Bogue, Esq.
San Francisco, CA

Dear Editor:
I am devastated and furious about the INS or ICE Department for their poor Public Service. There is a big huge room for improvement. There is a crisis in my Country now in Tonga the worst political outburst ever and Fiji the worst Coup ever we have been advised by my travel agent to refrain from traveling to Fiji, to see the American Consulate nor travel back to Tonga. I did my part and the records are lost somewhere in USA and the American Embassy in Fiji, The worst American Embassy service is in Suva, Fiji. I am speaking from experience and I am devastated with the service rendered there. In the past the Pacific people are so into the culture and afraid not to say anything about the service. I was taught to speak up if I feel I am being treated unfairly. People in the Pacific are devasted and sad they spend a lot of money to come from their country to see the American Embassy and be treate ]like that false hope given by the Embassy in Fiji. I witness this family came to Fiji stranded and devastated. I mean there is a new Consul in Fiji now that for the first time in 30 years I email or send in a concern that someone email me back. There is a need to issue green cards, visas in the right way for the people of Tonga Fiji, all the Pacific Island need to get out of the Country they have run them to the dirt by saying false hope people provide what they need and a lot of this attitude has to do with who you know not what I know to be correct with my application to go to the States.

Vika M. Akauola

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