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Sideline comments on the migrant protests

April 12, 2006

Re "Across the U.S., 'We Are America,' " April 11

I am appalled that our mayor would walk in a rally supporting illegal immigrants. I stress the word "illegal." I voted for Antonio Villaraigosa with misgivings that he would lean toward this, and I was correct. He should be in his office working for all of the people of Los Angeles and not walking the streets supporting people who have broken the law. My parents were immigrants, but they came here legally and were always proud to be American; they both became citizens. Welcome immigrants but not illegals.

JULIA FLIER

Los Angeles

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I'm not sure if this is a correct analogy to the immigration demonstrators, but if I were to sneak into Dodger Stadium, are the Dodgers compelled to give me a season ticket? If I sneak into a stranger's house, does he have to give me my own bedroom?

MICHAEL BELSON

Studio City

Re "Immigrant Crusade Enlists Few Blacks," April 10

African Americans are not sitting out the immigration debate simply because they are worried about job competition from Latinos. Rather, as Americans who did not come here through immigration -- forced servitude is how we came -- many of us simply do not think illegal immigration is a good thing.

Of course there are economic and social issues, but how can a young black or white kid work at McDonald's when the entire staff speaks Spanish?

If Latinos want to be part of this culture, they should learn the language and come here legally.

Is that too much to ask?

SHARI DUNN

Los Angeles

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It is incorrect to equate the immigration demonstrations with the civil rights demonstrations of our past. The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and others were marching to make the government enforce the law; the immigration demonstrators are marching to make the government ignore the law.

ROSEMARY HAGEROTT

Sierra Madre

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