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So let me get this straight: May 1st protest...


Tony Cartmill

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We Americans have looked the other way:

Not enforced our immigration laws,

let you come here to work because your own corrupt country can't support you,

paid for your emergency healthcare,

paid for your kid's education,

printed most of our important documents and services in Spanish, so you don't have to learn our language,

let you become eligible for welfare benefits,

even designed special loans so you can buy a house...

So...What exactly again are you protesting this Monday?

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Well put Tony Cartmill.

I tend pro immigration, pro Hispanic....but also pro enforcement of existing law. It's a difficult issue and hopefully our leaders will come up with an equitable solution, stick with it and enforce it.

But the quasi "in your face" character of this "movement" has turned me off. It surely hasn't moved me to a more sympathetic mind toward the illegal immigrants....if anything the opposite.

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why has our goverment waited so long to adress this situation?? it's been going on for a LONG time and now all of a sudden it's the hot topic?? mmm.sounds politically connected w/this "administration" somehow..god only knows what will happen next!! lol,chris

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Multiculturalism is a good thing; and while I have no beef, per se, with immigrants coming to America to better themselves, the point is that this issue deals with ILLEGAL immigrants.

They enter the country ILLEGALLY!!! They bypass the laws and procedures put in place to legally allow them entrance to the U.S.

Don't get me wrong, our country and it's liberal policies are at fault for all the reasons Tony stated in his post.

All of a sudden, the Great Wall of Texas is starting to look like a good idea.

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I can't help but be a little torn on this issue. On the one hand, I have no sympathy for those who enter the country illegally and reap the benefits (particularly if they make assertions of entitlement based simply on how long they've been undetected). However, I also look at those American corporations and proprietorships who enable such individuals to attain jobs and contend that they MUST be held accountable when they employ illegal immigrants. And that mess is NOT the fault of liberal policies or politics, it's the fault of private greed, and it's just sad it's gone on for so many years without much complaint from either the conventional left or right of the political spectrum.

Kudos to those employers who do obey the laws in obtaining guest workers legally, and my admiration goes to those immigrants who take the time, spend the money, and put forth the effort to attain citizenship. This "problem" and its reprecussions must be like a slap in the face to them.

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Oh my! Boycotting work and school - that I can understand. But they're also boycotting SHOPPING? They need their heads examined!

Seriously, I don't agree that classifying all illegal immigrants as felons is the answer. Deporting them when they're detected should have been going on all along. Local policing agencies need to be empowered to help enforce that. If a police officer calls the INS and reports an illegal alien, INS doesn't even respond unless the person or people were reported to be intoxicated or committing a crime. If they're intoxicated, the INS keeps them in a holding cell until they're sober, then releases them back into the community. THAT needs to change!

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I am certainly shocked that the Bush administration hasn't invaded and seized Mexico by now. Especially being from Texas, The Alamo and all that. Invasion and seizure would end the entire problem and would be consistent with current adminsitration policies. There's nothing wrong with having 51 states. Sure, 50 has a better ring to it but think of how many teams we could also add to the American and National Leagues? Look, 1/2 of America is in Cancun at one time or another during the year anyway, so what's the problem really? And then......Canada!!

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It's really a 2 part solution with hundreds of sub-plots.

1. If the jobs are not offered to them, they will not come. (Small businesses, corporations, law enforcement and lazy Americans, look at yourselves!)

2. If the "free stuff" is not given to them: Healthcare, welfare, education...they will not come. (Socialist government officials, look at yourselves!)

As usual, Carmen Smalley doesn't live in the real world. She's against anything that represents order and authority, and comes up with no real world solutions to problems.

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Well-meaning people who want to come here for a better life and do so by legal means should be applauded. The problem with illegal immigration is that it brings the lawless people in as well. A lady in our state was murdered by a man who was hired to powerwash her deck, and he was employed by a so-called reputable company. Another man murdered two sons of another recently separated illegal immigrant woman who thought it was okay to rent one of her own countrymen a room. I am hesitant to hire anyone after reading the newspaper accounts of these incidents.

Some of the illegals have been criminals and murderers in their own country and do not come here for a better life. They live as profligates and drink, do drugs and get high, fight among themselves, then go look for someone to rob or worse. The honest, hardworking immigrants who come here for a better life are against that element following them here. They came here to get away from them.

Once the floodgates are opened, however, anything can come in, and will. Not a good scene at all for those who prize order and peace, and especially those who have children

A friend told me that illegals are hanging around Home Depot here, accosting customers and asking if they have any jobs available. She said her husband can't slow the car down when driving down Route 9, because they will literally try to jump into SUVs and ask if you have a job for them. The authorities are aware of it but are doing nothing except building fences along Route 9 to try to keep them off the road. I would be terrified if someone tried to jump into my car. Things are starting to get scary.

frown --Darlene

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