IMMIGRATION LUNACY SHOWS U.S. AT WORST
November 18, 2006
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Extremism should be permanently out of favor in America if this country wants to
continue to be the beacon of liberty and freedom. In no issue was this more
evident than on the anti-immigrant rhetoric that certain politicians prescribed
to us, the American citizens, with so virulent and ignorant arguments.
After years of a system that encouraged and facilitated the entrance of
undocumented migrants, the right wing of the Republican Party fueled a climate
of hysteria against a group of hard-working individuals, creating distrust and
anger among Hispanics.
Some individuals felt encouraged to be rude and xenophobic to all Hispanics,
given what they heard from their extreme politicians. Their attacks were so out
of control that many of us, recent immigrants and now citizens of this country,
feel increasing aggression and hostility.
The Arizona Republic has noted a tendency toward the support of moderate
Republicans during these past elections.
Your Opinions column noted that among the moderates is Mr. Jay Tibshraeny.
The former mayor of Chandler learned moderation the hard way. Let's not forget
that 10 years ago, Chandler had its "Russell Pearce moment" when under
Tibshraeny's watch, an immigrant roundup called "Operation Restoration" was
Things are easier said than done, as Mr. Tibshraeny discovered. When human
rights are violated, you are very likely stepping on the civil rights of people
living legally in this country and costly lawsuits will follow.
Moderation, with a good dosage of reason and knowledge, is the answer for this
and many problems that our nation faces.
-- Carmen Cornejo
Edition: Final Chaser
Section: Chandler Republic
Column: LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
Index Terms: IMMIGRATION
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