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Jose, Can You See???

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50 posted 07-27-2006 09:07 AM       View Profile for Balladeer   Email Balladeer   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Balladeer's Home Page   View IP for Balladeer

Hey, 'cat! Can you imagine any such operation like that today being named Operation Wet back?? My God, the ACLU and hundreds of other organizations would have fits! Tens of thousands of Latins would be filing lawsuits against the government, Bush would be called the most insensitive, biased, insulting destroyer of human rights and civil liberties in history and Oprah would go ballistic.

Guess we've come a long way......

(side note) As I typed in the word wet back, forgetting the space in between the words, I got an "Innapropriate Content" notice and a refusal to print it. We HAVE come a long way!
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51 posted 07-31-2006 06:33 PM       View Profile for Grinch   Email Grinch   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Grinch

Maybe it's time to write a new New Colossus.

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52 posted 08-06-2006 11:39 AM       View Profile for LoveBug   Email LoveBug   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for LoveBug

Jumping in kind of late here.. Let me say first that I have nothing against any race or nationality, just people who break the law, no matter where they are from.

I agree with the poster that emphasized the impact on public schools. It shouldn't be the job of a teacher with 30 children to teach 15 of them the language of the nation. That is a job that shouldn't be done inside the school system, since all the other students come in knowing the language, as they should. All the children suffer and performance declines. I'm going to be teaching high school, and I'm deliberately avoiding jobs in the south  because I don't want to have to deal with that sort of thing. I'm sure I'm not the only one.

Another thing is that many of them AVOID learning the language beacuse they want to 'preserve their culture'. If they liked their culture that much, why didn't they stay in their land of origin? Certainly keep your traditions, LEGAL immigrants, but also learn the language of the nation you have chosen to live in! It's only logical.

Illegal immigrants break the law of America each and every day that they live here. With every child they send to school, every road they walk/drive on, every time they go to the doctor on medicare's tab, they are STEALING from honest, hard working Americans (from every ethnicity, including LEGAL immigrants). The existance of criminals doesn't make America more 'diverse' or add to us in any way, it takes away from  us. Any system that would award these people with citizenship is basically giving a big gift to people who manage to con the American people for a certain set of years.

Immigration is a wonderful thing, when it is done LEGALLY and they learn the national language of the nation they have chosen.

Music pours over the sense
And in a funny way
Music sees more than remembers better...
I have forgotten all the rest-Anne Sexton

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