From: Roy Sievers (e-mail him)
Re: Today's Letters: A Puerto Rican Reader Is Tired Of Being Mistaken For An Illegal Alien
I'm an American businessman on assignment in San Juan. My scheduling takes me home to my California corporate headquarters often. I am, accordingly, completely aware of the roiling debate about illegal immigration.
One thing I note with disappointment about Puerto Ricans and naturalized Mexicans.
Both are indeed American citizens.
But, with too few exceptions, neither considers themselves American.Sievers is a financial executive in the leisure industry. He was born in California.
From: Mike Mc (e-mail him)
Since it is unable to pass "Comprehensive Immigration Reform," Congress has a new scheme to displace American citizens at our own expense.
It's called "Refugee Resettlement".
Refugee status is a way for our bureaucrats to grant legal residence to individuals claiming to be victims.
Then, big business turns around to hire the refugees all under the umbrella of legality.
For example, the Wall Street Journal reported that recent Burmese refugees and hired at the Swift meatpacking plant in Texas where they are being paid $12.00 an hour, a rate higher than the minimum wage in my home state.[Burmese Refugees Bail Out Meatpacker JBS Swift, by Miriam Jordan, Wall Street Journal, June 6, 2008]
In this depressed economy, are there no Americans who would take those jobs?
We may not be getting the jobs but we will be getting the bills to subsidize our replacement's "resettlement."Mc lives in White Plains and notes, disgustedly, that it is a "sanctuary city".
From: Jean Sharpe (e-mail her)
A recession, nay, even a depression, may be what our country needs to put the breaks on the unending tide of illegal and legal newcomers eager to exploit the land of opportunity. This tide includes all the refugees here to get their permanent handouts.
Working-class American citizens are really struggling and will continue to do so for the foreseeable future.
But let's have more immigrants! Please, I insist! More, ever more, as our democracy disappears and our rule of law