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IMMIGRATION: Series trying to win sympathy?

Letter by Rodger A. Hartley, Tacoma on Sep. 13, 2012 at 1:48 pm | 14 Comments »
September 13, 2012 2:02 pm

Re: “Center of detention” series.

Obviously much effort went into compiling these pages of what may well be basically an infomercial attempting to garner sympathy for a segment of immigrants while still ignoring that simple word “illegal.”

In fact on Sunday, an immigration lawyer says, “Illegal can mean different things.”

Pardon me? The article continues: “Of the 396,006 people deported nationally last year, only 1,119 had homicide convictions.”

Is that really supposed to make us feel better? What about the other nearly 400,000 who simply entered the system by getting caught in for a “minor infraction”? Further, how many other Illegals are out there who are lucky enough to keep their heads down and are not yet officially identified?

If this series has proven nothing else it emphasizes that this is a much more complex and pervasive problem than most are aware of or care to be.

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