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BOYCOTT: Arizona deserves thanks, not criticism

Letter by Knute Hammer, Kent on May 17, 2010 at 2:48 pm | 41 Comments »
May 17, 2010 2:48 pm

Why would the City of Tacoma want to boycott Arizona for standing up for the rights of citizens of this country?

What is wrong with enforcing existing federal laws that are being ignored? A country is not a country unless it has borders. For all intents and purposes, we no longer have borders. Illegal immigration is costing us billions of dollars. Arizona, on the other hand, saved millions when it passed the first law requiring employers and landlords to screen all new employees and tenants to ensure they are U.S. citizens or legal aliens. This law was passed in spite of the concerns about who would take those jobs created by the vacuum. As a result of this law, more taxes were collected and welfare expenses reduced.

Recently I’ve noticed the mainstream media is using the term “immigrants” when they should be using term “illegal aliens.” Immigrants are people who enter this country legally with the correct paperwork. My wife was an immigrant and had to work very hard to get her U.S. citizenship. It wasn’t given to her just because she crossed the border Illegally and lived here for a certain number of years.

Racial profiling is an excuse being used to legalize illegal aliens in this country. I agree that racial profiling is a concern, but that can be dealt with on the merits of each case. Don’t throw out the baby with the bath water.

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