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Friday, May 27, 2005

I-L-L-E-G-A-L Immigrants:

The Hartford Courant's Helen Ubinas, one writer who I will certainly not miss when I move to Texas in a few weeks, has a bug up her butt about the stigma attached to illegal immigrants. Go here to read her tirade. However, the most telling paragraph in the whole piece reads like this:

Nobody raised this question: If an immigrant kid who survived a trek across the border and made good in school despite growing up without English, living below the poverty line and moving constantly to avoid the IRS; if despite all that she beats out your kid raised right here in Connecticut for a spot at UConn, doesn't she deserve a shot?

That's akin to asking "if a person holds up a bank, gets away from the scene without incident and with a tidy sum of money, don't they deserve a shot at keeping the booty and gaining amnesty for their crime?"

No, Helen. They don't deserve anything because they didn't gain anything LEGALLY. Read that capitalized word carefully. L-E-G-A-L-L-Y. No one I know is averse to immigration. No one I know is racist in the way you like to insinuate in your article. But everyone I know, including the LEGAL immigrants want the ILLEGAL ones to either immigrate the LEGAL way, or be deported for not doing so. This is the point you continue to miss, and I am skeptical that you will see it differently anytime soon.


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