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American justice

May 31, 2006


To the editor:

This is about the present debate in the U.S. Senate regarding an attempt by the Senate to pass "a comprehensive immigration bill."

While most politicians agree that U.S. borders need to be secured, the focal point of the debate is the guest worker program.

Those in the U.S. Senate maintain that the guest worker program is not a form of amnesty. Most leading dictionaries disagree.

According to Webster's New World College version, amnesty is defined as a pardon for an offense committed against a government.

Sen. Jeff Sessions of Alabama recently related on "Meet the Press" that the present guest worker proposal would cost at least $50 billion a year in the form of health care, education and more.

With the above said, it is particularly disturbing to this writer that 50 million Americans cannot afford health care insurance and that most of the U.S. Senate, by virtue of their guest worker proposal, want to guarantee health care, and more, to 12 million illegal immigrants. Where is the justice - "American justice," that is?

Robert Hinton,



Speakout 11 years, 12 months ago

Mr Hinton, I think you are right. But the common American who vote, pay taxes and try to live pay check to pay check do not matter to the US Senate, House or the Executive Branch.

If these Americans made Millions a year and had the power of a rich person, their plight would be heard.

We have lost our government to special interests. It is no longer the will of the people that rule. Never before in the history of our country did we let a foreign government's premier address a joint session of congress until now. What have we lost?

Tha main question is, "How can we regain it?"

fletch 11 years, 12 months ago

We already pay for their health care and education, so we might as well recieve their tax money from the work they do.

Plus, if you're complaining about a lack of "American Justice" please promise me that next time you get pulled over speeding, you not let the officer let you off with a warning. You committed a crime and deserve punishment. Then make sure to pay that ticket. Don't take defensive driving or diversion to pay less of your ticket and not get a hike in insurance. That would be amnesty for your law breaking ways.

If your home has a code violation filed against it, don't argue about it downtown and work out a deal to get it dropped.

If you go to trial for something, don't make a plea-bargin.

If you're sued, don't settle out of court.

I'm sorry if you get all of your talking points from the talking heads in the mainstream media (yes, Fox News and Rush Limbaugh are the mainstream media), but let's not forget that the entire American legal system is one based upon amnesty. It was founded on the idea that if somebody is truely sorry for their crime, they should be allowed a second chance to make amends.

Jamesaust 11 years, 12 months ago

Yes, after Sen. Sessions helped increase the gross liability of the federal government over the last years by 100% (roughly $20 TRILLION to $40 TRILLION), I am relieved that he is concerned about the most extreme academic study available showing an increase in LIFETIME expense of $50 billion (assuming of course that immigrants provide no benefits to offset their costs, the U.S. economy never grows, and that immigrants remain young, poor, and badly educated forever and ever).

I for one lose sleep at night knowing that my inevitable personal bankruptcy is going to be 0.125% worse than I thought.

Godot 11 years, 12 months ago

If this thing passes, American citizens should renounce their citizenship and become "illegal" so they can have the same rights the illegals have.

Godot 11 years, 12 months ago

Wilbur, that point aside, doesn't it make sense? The Senate bill gives undocumented immigrants rights that we don't have. What are they thinking?

Godot 11 years, 12 months ago

The Senate bill is outrageous in its stupidity and complexity and dedication to bureaucracy.

If they want to open the borders, then just do it. Charge $2,000 at the border, issue a social security card and let people cross. That is probably less than the immigrants are paying for coyote protection and illegal documents anyway.

If they want to give amnesty, just do it. Issue a social security card to anyone who wants one. Forget about the three out of five years of back taxes, fines, etc. The cost to administer that have got to be as much as any money that would be brought in.

Just make the new residents subject to the same laws the American citizens have to follow.

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