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  1. Roger Algase's Avatar
    Except for occasional, minor points, such as whether to grant legal status to 12 million illegal immigrants (or whether people here illegally should even be called "immigrants" at all - I say "yes" on both of the above issues and my good friend and colleague, David D. Murray, says "no"), I rarely go against David Murray. He is one of the most astute and incisive lawyers contributing to ID, and his letters, which used to be so frequent, have been greatly missed. not only by myself.

    However, I cannot agree with David Murray's suggestion that we should go back to the pre-editing for letters that used to be the normal procedure. One thing that David Murray and I have always strongly agreed on was our admiration for ID's former legal editor, Michele Kim, who is also missed,I am sure by many others as well. (This comment, by the way, does not amply the slightest criticism or lack of respect for her replacement, who is also doing a first class job and is always open and responsive to readers' opinions.)

    But I think that many of us who have regularly submitted letters to ID under the old system have at one time or another had the experience of having thoughts that we believed were important in at least a few of our letters edited out, for what were no doubt perfectly valid reasons. I like the idea of not having to worry about having anything reasonable that I write edited out on any grounds.

    The current letters system provides this freedom from censorship, and I am all for it. I like the lack of restrictions on length, too, probably because I am quite comfortable myself with the idea of being verbose, repetitious and unable to get to the point quickly and concisely.

    I think it would be a good idea, however, to give letter-writers more recognition, such as by listing their names and maybe using larger print. Then, more people might be interested in contributing. Talking about being verbose and repetitious, I notice that Harry DeMell's recent ID article on suggestions for immigration reform says that the "pool" of illegals needs to be "reduced" around six different times in his article, if I remember correctly. I think we all got his point the first time.

    But that does not mean that I disagree with all of his suggestions on how to deal with this problem. My main quibble with Mr. DeMell's article is that, despite some good ideas about reform, its main focus is too enforcement oriented. Stepped up enforcement has been tried by the last two administrations, of different parties and with otherwise differing political views on many issues. It has also been tried in at least one state, Arizona, through the use of desert tents, pink underwear and multiple, serious, alleged basic human and civil rights violations.

    We can look forward during the next two years to even more enforcement proposals, if not an actual attempt at an immigration moratorium, from the Tea Party and its extreme right wing sponsors at Fox News, backed up by hysterical rants disguised as position papers about "overpopulation" and "higher Hispanic fertility rates" from FAIR and other anti-immigrant groups.

    All this emphasis on enforcement first and reform last has been a disaster. We all know it, whatever we stand on immigration. It is time for a fundamental change in approach. If the two major parties do not do change their anti-immigrant stance now, q tidal wave of Latino voters who stayed home this year will do it for them in the 2012 election. Republicans especially, but also all restrictionistas, should watch out. Their pool will be the fastest diminishing one of all.
  2. Roger Algase's Avatar
    One typographical correction in my last comment: In my last paragraph, I meant "wherever we stand", not "whatever we stand".
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