Letters to the Editor

Immigration route

December 15, 2011


To the editor:

I just observed what I deem to be a hateful and prejudiced TV spot encouraging the cancellation of legal immigration into the United States. I would assume this is the ultimate goal of some of the political candidates who are pandering to the voting public for some imaginary appeal to voters.

These politicians also like to pontificate on “creating a system” where immigrants can work in the U.S.

One already exists. I worked for a time in the USCIS project at the local call center several years ago and one of the legal and approved methods of obtaining legal permanent residency in the United States is petitioning for a work permit and being approved permanent residency. It has been there for years. But this is a long and difficult process; there are waiting lists for each country and some of the most obvious (Mexico, China, Philippines) can be a long wait. Yet political candidates seeking more leverage to bash their opponents continue to harp on this nonissue.

If you need verification of this, you can look on the official website uscis.gov and click on “Working in the U.S.” It should explain the accurate and credible information regarding this political hot potato


FalseHopeNoChange 6 years, 5 months ago

Fred. There are too many memberships in Club USA. Lawbreakers included in the membership rolls may be the "system", but, there are reasons for any organization to have rules and laws. Lawbreakers should pay for their crimes.

ivalueamerica 6 years, 5 months ago

falsehope, you made a false comment.

I suspect you did not bother to read or could not understand the letter.

You keep referring to lawbreakers, but the letter you were replying to discussed..let me quote..

"TV spot encouraging the cancellation of legal immigration into the United States."

no where does this comment on illegal immigrants. Please, try to keep up and make your comments relevant to the post...or stay off the computer and play with your Legos..

jafs 6 years, 5 months ago

"Lawbreakers" is used several times in your post.

jafs 6 years, 5 months ago

If you didn't mean it to refer to illegal immigrants, then what does your post have to do with the letter?

ivalueamerica 6 years, 5 months ago

lol, pretend not to say what you said?

No matter what name you post under, your motives and reputation are betrayed by your own words.

You have shamed yourself.

Fred Whitehead Jr. 6 years, 5 months ago

Ah yes, someone did find a way to fit their hatred of Obama into this issue. Happens on nearly every post in this forum.

jaywalker 6 years, 5 months ago

Happens in every variation of the form 'round these here parts. There are 6 degrees of separation (actually less if one doesn't care to bother with connection) to anything polarizing, bank on it.

jhawkinsf 6 years, 5 months ago

When discussing immigration policies, I would suggest we begin by looking at the end product. We currently have about 310 million people in this country. What number would we like for that to be and how best should we get to that desired number. Then we fit our immigration policies to best fit that goal.
There may be times when we have a rapidly growing economy with a need to increase immigration to fill the jobs that will keep the economy growing. There may be times when millions of Americans don't have jobs and we may decide that immigration at those times does not suit out best interests. We may decide that immigrants with certain skills are desired while other skills are less desired. Whatever, we choose, the choice is ours to make. And I suggest that the first choice we make is picking that desired number of people we want living here.

gudpoynt 6 years, 5 months ago

At what point do we decide that immigrants aren't just robots for hire, but actual people, looking to actually increase the quality of their actual lives?

What's more important to you? American prosperity, or human prosperity?

jhawkinsf 6 years, 5 months ago

American prosperity. And I don't mean to be too cold hearted when I say that. I've come to the conclusion that there are problems we can solve as well as problem we cannot solve. We've been relatively successful doing things our way, democracy, capitalization, etc. (before everyone jumps on me, note I said "relatively"). At the same time, we've seen that exporting those ideas has failed time and again. I suggest we stop trying. As for those that are coming here, again, in what numbers will have a huge bearing on our continued "relative" success. And that would be exacerbated if they came here with ideas that were not consistent with our basic ideals. We could change our ideas of democracy, capitalism. We could emulate Cuba, where everyone is equal. Equally poor. And equally un-free. I doubt they have a big immigration problem, who in their right mind wants to go there.
Again, our continued success is dependent upon growth patterns that are consistent with limited growth. Not non-existant growth. Not unlimited growth.

jafs 6 years, 5 months ago

I say we should start with our own country, and once we've solved our own problems, and have created a society that works well, in a variety of ways, including economically, then we should do what we can to help other countries.

Also, I'd rather see us help Mexico (just one example) to develop their own functioning economy than simply absorb immigrants who can't do well at home.

appleaday 6 years, 5 months ago

All 14 million illegals have a job? Even the children?

Armstrong 6 years, 5 months ago

So who put the add out there in the first place ? Obama, Romney, Gingrich, Paul, Biden ??? Way to much opinion and way too little fact.

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