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IMMIGRATION: Series trying to win sympathy?

Letter by Rodger A. Hartley, Tacoma on Sep. 13, 2012 at 1:48 pm with 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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  1. averageJose says:

    Indeed Roger, indeed.

  2. All we are asking is immigrate legally! They bring these problems on them selves and the American taxpayer get’s punished. They have it figured out on how to sneak in and how to get job’s and I can promise you they now how to work our system for any free assistance they can get. They are forcing us to conform to their want’s. No Sympathy!!

    Read more here: http://www.thenewstribune.com/2012/09/09/2286061/a-glimmer-of-hope-for-former-nwdc.html#storylink=cpy

  3. taxedenoughintacoma says:

    I keep waiting for the Tribune to profile for five days the people’s story that have had their jobs displaced by illegal aliens.

    Tell us how much negative affect these people have caused, how much they have cost this country and the other impacts on our society.

  4. LeePHilI says:

    I’m wondering how much it costs the taxpayers of the United States to jail illegal immigrants, as opposed to organizing and getting them to become citizens.

    Oh geeez….now I’ve gone and stepped in it. Some corporation is making megabucks jailing these people and paying minimum wage. Organizing and citizenship would take more government employees who are union and paid decent.

    We can’t do that.

    “taxedenoughintacoma says:
    Sep. 13, 2012 at 4:54 pm I keep waiting for the Tribune to profile for five days the people’s story that have had their jobs displaced by illegal aliens.”

    Well….unions would help that problem….but Taxed doesn’t like them.

    I keep waiting for a conservative to recognize that big business is exactly WHY illegals continue to come to the US.

  5. Pacman33 says:

    Immigration policies of American labor unions
    From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    “Two of the most vocal opponents of restrictionist immigration policy towards illegal immigrants were the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), and the Union of Needletrades, Industrial and Textile Employees (UNITE). The Service Employees International Union, representing principally building trades, state and health care workers, grew from 650,000 members in 1980 to over 2 million members in 2009,[18] in large part by organizing immigrant labor, many of whom worked illegally. Justice for Janitors, perhaps the union’s most seminal and successful campaign, highlights the union’s organization of immigrant labor.[19] UNITE was born of a merger between the ILGWU and the Amalgamated Clothing and Textile Workers Union (ACTWU), both of which have strong histories of opposition to restrictive immigration policies.”

    That one guy ….


    Hey it’s that same guy again ….


  6. LeePHilI says:

    I wonder who wroted that wiki……????

    Reads like a “let’s blame unions for the problem created by businesses seeking cheap labor”

    Illegal labor busted the Meat Packing unions in the Midwest. Didn’t make anyone too happy.

    Hire a PR firm, turn the tables on history and post it on the internet.

    Unions later embraced the workers that were brought in to remove them.

  7. LeePHilI says:

    Nice video.

    Now if the audio would just sync with the video we might be able to trust that it wasn’t overdubbed.

  8. Didn’t this article…glance at pictures and headings and everyone I saw was the same….pulled over for a cracked windshield then arrested for driving with suspended license. Send him back, send him back now.
    How many laws do you have to break before they suspend your license? Don’t feel sorry for him at ALL.

  9. Rodger, You should want to be aware of the problem because you, and all the other short-sighted bigoted commenters are paying for it. YOU are paying, through your taxes, GEO, Inc. which operates, at great profit, the Tacoma Detention Center. Their motive, as quoted, is “churning”. The “churning” of bodies for more and more income. Did you look at the living conditions shown in the photos? Did you see people incarcerated for traffic tickets chained and manacled as they were loaded onto the GEO bus that YOU paid for? This operation is a blight on the conscience of America. How can we stand still and permit anyone within our borders to be deprived of basic civil liberties. All so a bunch of fat cats whose stock is traded on the New York Stock Exchange make big bucks. The only border they are protecting is their wallet’s border. If you can look the other way and not be outraged you are no better than the Germans who claimed they didn’t know what was happening during WWII.

  10. you are no better than the Germans who claimed they didn’t know what was happening during WWII.

    The bad Germans were the Nazis
    the good Germans were the Not Sees.

    Both were guilty.

  11. Bush and the Republicans controlled the House, Senate, and White House for six years and failed to address the immigration issue.

  12. These articles had the opposite effect on me. This law-breaking dirtbag should be deported. Multiple DUI’s, driving while suspended, so little regard for the laws while here illegally with a rap sheet that he would rather drive then wake someone to drive him? If the real intent of this article was to garner support for illegals, they chose the wrong poster boy? Almost every person convicted of rape or rape-related charges says it “wasn’t me”…..he is the reason we need the detention centers and we need to actively deport illegals. There are many who have no regard for the laws of this nation. And no, I’m not a racist :)

  13. LeePHill wrote: Organizing and citizenship would take more government employees who are union and paid decent.

    You might be on to something there LeeP. Just a thought, but maybe we could wring the waste, fraud and abuse out of the TSA and used the saved revenues to fund a totally new government agency. If it can work with Obamacare it surely it can work with illegal aliens. We could call the new department the MDVD Mexican Democrat Vote Department.

  14. mcgintey says:

    I have empathy for people trying to improve their lives, however they take the risk when they leave their homes to sneak into another country. There have to be consequences. I’m not so sure they are “taking our jobs” (mostly labor and agrarian) but they do put a burden on our social services when money is tight.

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