Monday, February 11, 2008

Conflating Illegal Immigration with Immigration

Two things popped up in the news recently.

First, Mexican President Calderon said:
"The worst thing that happened in this country is this anti-Mexican or anti-immigrant perception of people. We need to contain this," Calderon said after a speech at Harvard's John F. Kennedy School of Government.

Then there was this article which quoted an illegal immigrant leaving Arizona:
"Here, they let you work. Over there, they won't. There is a lot of racism, but here there isn't -- it's better," Ortiz said of Houston.

Now, I can't speak to his experiences. But being against illegal immigration doesn't make you racist nor does it mean you don't support immigration.

I would like immigration and a guest worker program. I would like the maximum amount of immigrants and guest workers which is deemed feasible.

But I'm against illegal immigration. It is illegal and erodes respect for the law.

I could care less what their nationality is. I'm more concerned about their political beliefs from their home country than anything else.


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