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What Do You Think?

May 01, 2010

The question posted Wednesday on The Herald-Mail's website was: A new law in Arizona allows law enforcement officers to question people about their immigration status. Do you believe this law is: A positive step toward curtailing illegal immigration or a law that could lead to civil rights violations?

"Both answers would be true. The choices for answers are poorly worded. Enforcement of any law is an obvious aid to curtailing the commission of breaking that law. The Arizona immigration law "could" of course be a source of "profiling." We can be absolutely certain that such accusations will be made, as they already have. However, that does not mean that the law has that purpose or that such civil rights violation are inevitable."

"I have no problem with any person coming to America for a better life. Too bad Ellis Island is closed for business, that is how my families were received, I have their documented history records. I am sure people still crossed borders without being documented in those days. Just pay your share of the way and your taxes. I have been in stores where a person holding a 'green card' said to the cashier, "me no pay taxes." Welcome to the day and age in which we live."

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"All of my employees are closely scrutinized for ... criminal background, immigration status (if applicable), as well as drug and alcohol. I do not and will not employ illegal aliens."

"Because Arizona has taken the bold step to make illegal immigration illegal, some representatives are actually calling for companies to boycott the state? The opposition to this law is sort of confusing to me. Yes, I know it's probably because I'm white. But what is it exactly that some are so upset about?"

"If we were faced with these same issues here in Maryland, how would those who oppose Arizona's law want to handle this situation? In other words, if you're able to look at this objectively without political bias, what's your solution?"

"In reality, the Arizona law is more important and significant than the stated purpose - although that stated purpose is absolutely valid and needed."

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