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Letters to the Editor

Complex issue

August 15, 2010

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To the editor:

After weeks of negative, often vicious, political ads, I am bracing for the next few months. Appealing to fears that stir feelings of “them vs. us” is sure to flood some campaigns. Recent past elections targeted gay and lesbian citizens as threats to our families, neighbors and society at large. Now the threat has grown to include “illegals” in Kansas. Unfortunately, stirring fear and creating superficial groups of others is seen as a winning strategy.

Two stories in the Aug. 1 Journal-World illustrate just how complex the issue of immigration really is. The KU student who has lived here since he was 6 months old but could be deported and the mother forced to leave behind three very young children put human faces on this tragic problem.

I find politicians who smugly spew slogans that strip people of their humanity very troubling, very dangerous. Who will it be next time? Will I be American enough, white enough, Christian enough to avoid being undesirable?

In the late ‘50s, Dr. Tom Dooley, working in southeast Asia said, “Today demands a deeper emphasis on the brotherhood of man.” And so it must be today.

Comments

tange 3 years, 8 months ago

"Complex issue"

Issues inherently are complex. Modern political "sensibility," however, casts them as mere toggle switches with which to register one's affiliation... or to control the herding gates for the yet-unaffiliated.

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tange 3 years, 8 months ago

"... Oh, I don't know but we di'n't do nothin' bad And what's all the fuss? They ain't like us They don't matter anyway...."

— Rank and File, 1982

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TrooGrit 3 years, 8 months ago

Rosemary, here's a simple question: Did the boy's parents violate our law by coming here illegally? Yes, or no. I know you have emotion about this subject. Just be factual...puh-lease!

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jafs 3 years, 8 months ago

It's unfortunate that the child may be punished for the parents' mistakes, but that happens all the time.

And, if illegal immigrants have children who then become legal citizens, they're not forced to leave them here if deported - they can certainly take them back with them.

The better solution to the second problem would be to change the Constitution so that mere presence on US soil doesn't guarantee citizenship for one's children. At least one parent should have to be a citizen, or perhaps both.

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