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Pull-Push of Jobs and Immigration Law

June 18, 2004

Re "Groups May Sue to Halt Arrests," June 16: Since when did the U.S. lose its right to enforce the laws of the land? Immigration advocates and Latino rights groups such as the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund are stridently challenging the Border Patrol's recent enforcement strategies. From just what moral high ground do all these critics preach?

Has everyone forgotten that we are talking about illegal aliens who knowingly broke our laws when they sneaked into the country?

Naturally, most people are sympathetic to the plight of poor people who have fled their homelands in search of a better life. Being sympathetic doesn't mean we should throw out our immigration laws, though, much less let the lawbreakers determine them for us. Politicians such as Rep. Joe Baca (D-San Bernardino) who have made careers of spouting racially divisive rhetoric and pandering to Latinos should save their ire for the government of Mexico.

Matthew P. Mackenzie


This is a message for the people who hate the undocumented people. It is time to take action. You do not have to leave all the work to the authorities.

It is so easy, just with the following rules: Avoid eating fruits and vegetables; forget vacations or going out for dinner; take care of your garden yourself; take your parents out of board and care and fire the nanny; do not go to the car wash.

I am sick of these people's hypocritical and cynical attitudes. They love fresh and cheap fruits and vegetables, beautiful gardens and clean cars and leaving their parents in board-and-care homes but hate the people who make all this possible.

Jorge Delgado


I can understand the Border Patrol agents and their union being unhappy with their uniforms being made in Mexico (June 12). Like all unions, the primary concern of the National Border Patrol Council is its own members' welfare. Having the uniforms made in Mexico helps (however little) to increase employment in Mexico, which in turn reduces pressure on Mexicans to attempt to enter the U.S. illegally. Less illegal immigration means that fewer Border Patrol agents are needed.

Of course, if the agents and their union were truly interested in reducing illegal immigration they would support having their uniforms made in Mexico.

Ed Schoch

Los Angeles

Re "Driver's License Bill Gains," June 16: The bill's author, state Sen. Gil Cedillo (D-Los Angeles), is again showing his true colors. He no longer represents the people of California but the government of Mexico. His continued push to give legal driver's licenses to "illegal immigrants" shows he has no concern for the security and sovereignty of this state or country.

Over 70% of the people here do not want to give legal driver's licenses to illegal immigrants, and that should be heard loud and clear. But Cedillo is too concerned about the lawbreakers, not the taxpayers. That is clear.

William Morino

Monterey Park

How can any thinking person support driver's licenses for "illegal" drivers? Makes one wonder about the competence of our leaders.

Richard C. Wilson


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