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IMMIGRATION: Series should affect public policy

Letter by Lucinda Wingard, Gig Harbor on Sep. 17, 2012 at 3:11 pm with 6 Comments »
September 17, 2012 3:27 pm

Congratulations to The News Tribune on publishing a fine series, “Center of detention,” and giving it the space it deserves. There are many conclusions one can draw from reading it beginning to end.
One I draw concerns our government’s trend toward privatization.

Many “small” businesses look for ways to help themselves from the public coffers, like Correctional Services Corp. does. Maybe that’s good entrepreneurship, but when that business’ eye on its bottom line starts affecting public policy, that’s where taxpayers should scream foul.

Currently, taxpayers are paying for lengthy incarceration of people who are not a threat to public safety and who could instead be working and paying taxes themselves. Because CSC makes a healthy profit from this practice, should we taxpayers not object?

For those who’d rather tattoo “illegal alien” on foreheads rather than spend money to fix our broken immigration services program, I say that’s a foolish economy. Furthermore, facts demonstrate that we of the “legal” middle class enjoy many financial benefits from the working poor, who include so many undocumented immigrants.

For financial, ecological and ethical reasons we should work to put CSC out of business.

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  1. Funny, what I took out of the article was my tax dollars paying for an illegal who broke the law and continued to break the law. Don’t feel sorry for him at all if he’s deported.

  2. tree_guy says:

    Correctional Services Corp. bid on the contract and won it. The letter writer could set up her own company and bid on the next contract. If she wins the contract she can run her business without looking at the “bottom line.” Good luck running a business without regard to the bottom line Lucinda. Let us know how that works out for you.

  3. blakeshouse says:

    All I took away from the series is that the govt is playing lip service at best to the ILLEGAL, don’t tattoo it BRAND it all over em, just to get the vote that they represent. All are nothing but votes for the socialist regime now holding power. This is leading to more and more of the “wrong stuff” for the once most powerful and respected nation ever. There are remote islands in the gulf of Ak that could hold every ILLEGAL in this country. Isolation is the answer. Keep these interlopers out and if they get in ship em off to somewhere they will have no contact with anyone other than like minded criminals.

  4. SwordofPerseus says:

    It would appears that some Americans have become clinically xenophobic. It would also appear that overly simplistic, impractical responses are in abundance. Several perfect examples of this are posted just above this one.

  5. tree_guy says:

    “xenophobic?”

    None of the comments mentioned race…except perhaps yours. I assume that most Americans don’t want illegal aliens in our country regardless of their race. I’m white and even if the aliens are icelandic albinos I want them sent home. It’s their citizenship status for me…not their color.

  6. alindasue says:

    tree_guy,

    “xenophobic” is not fear of different races; it is fear of foreigners or those who are “strange”. Color only tangentially has anything to do with it.

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