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Paranoia over aliens unjustified, as is enforcement effort

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Paranoia over aliens unjustified, as is enforcement effort The June 20 letter by David Welch focused on a growing lack of respect for the “rule of law,” especially in regard to immigration policies. Mr. Welch did make some interesting points. But his concern that “illegal immigrants” pose a threat to this country’s stability was totally misplaced. Most Latino immigrants work hard here as a means to support their families back home. These humble men and ...

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muggy
July 4, 2013
7:16 a.m.

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Lawrence. You cannot have a secure state if your borders are porous. Period. I don't think people are paranoid about "aliens." However, after 9/11, we have to be more concerned about securing our borders. Our enemies will find any crack in our defenses to attack us. But many people don't like to consider that there is evil in this world. I have compassion for the poor of the 3rd world, seeking a better life. But they must come here LEGALLY.

BROBERTS1
July 4, 2013
9:12 a.m.

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Lawrence, So if you are doing something that is illegal just to feed your kids that is ok? Bank robbers just want to feed their kids, the person robbing your house just needs the money to send it back home for his family. Tell the judge to let them all go, they are just hard working people. So who cares if they carry backpacks loaded with drugs when they cross the border. They are coming here to do work that we refuse to do. Maybe we refuse to do it because they are being paid way less then minimum wage.

rpandori
July 4, 2013
9:29 a.m.

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Mr. Goodwin you need to take a trip to Arizona and New Mexico. Although it is true that that these "Illegal Aliens" work hard and take demeaning jobs they also wait at the local Home Depot and Lowes to get hired every day at half the minimum wage. Some pay for their passage by bringing backpacks full of "Illegal" drugs with them. Illegal is just what it means and if narrow minded people want to put a blind eye to it like our current administration, then we might as well forget all laws that protect Americans.

Bob Pandori

ronzo
July 4, 2013
9:15 p.m.

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rpandori: You are partially correct in your statement. I am from Santa Fe, New Mexico, now living here in NY. Home Depot and Lowes do not allow the undocumented workers to congregate at their stores. They wait at the New Mexico Department of Labor building where the state government allows them to solicit work. Santa Fe and many New Mexico cities are safe haven cities where the undocumented are provided shelter and protection. They are able to get work because greedy American small business owners would rather pay an "illegal" a wage less than the minimum than hire an American citizen and have to pay the minimum wage. So the narrow minded people are actually American business owners who willingly break the law and hire the "illegals".

BROBERTS1
July 5, 2013
8:14 a.m.

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Ronzo, So all the news footage we see of the illegals, you can say illegals, at the store parking lots are fake? Don't blame it on the greedy Americans! If the illegals were not there they would have to hire & pay people at least minimum wage. Safe haven cities are breaking the law by protecting illegals. Why not protect all law breakers and stop arresting everyone!!

ronzo
July 5, 2013
4:17 p.m.

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BROBERTS1: When exactly did you see news footage of undocumented immigrants at a Home Depot or Lowes in New Mexico, and in what city? A business owner is not forced to hire someone at less than minimum wage. It is a choice they make. If a person is willing to work for less than minimum wage, who is breaking a law - the employee or the employer? So in other words, you're saying that because it’s the “illegals” fault that they are tempting these employers, not the employers fault for hiring them at less than minimum wage, and the employers should ignore and bypass the "illegals" when looking for part-time workers because it’s "illegals" fault for being there. And since they know they will work for less than an American citizen, that just wouldn't be right for a law abiding employer to pay someone less than minimum wage. So that solves the problem. Right? If the “illegals” didn’t get hired buy greedy business people, they would not have work opportunities, the employer would have to pay an American minimum wage, the undocumented immigrant would go away and you would be happy. Correct?

robbump
July 6, 2013
8:14 p.m.

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BRPBERTS: do you also think that "johns" should not be arrested with prostitutes because they were innocent victims of the working girls' offers? And maybe those selling liquor to underage kids are the victims of the kids wishing alcohol?
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I'm MUCH more concerned about the many PRODUCTS that come over our borders legally than those PEOPLE who cross ... especially the products originating in the Pacific Rim. Those are what really are destroying our country, not people.

wmarincic
July 10, 2013
5:16 p.m.

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ronzo, I lived in Albuquerque for almost 12 years, I remember many times being accosted by illegals offering to do the work for me. I also remember getting spit at, cursed at and yelled at when I refused. My ex wife and daughter still live there. I lived there from 1979 until 1991 and have been back many times over the years, not much has changed in that department.

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