The letters on immigration The Star has published have been interesting in that they display more than mere support of laws regarding illegal immigration. Some of them were expressions of hatred.
For example, look at Jim McHarg's Sept. 19 letter, "It's Bank of 'America.â€™â€? His complaints were emotionally based, not based on legality. The bank is not violating the law by displaying signs in Spanish. It is serving its customers, a great majority of whom speak Spanish, much in the same way it allows seniors and people with disabilities to be served first. As long as individuals with hatred lead the way in complicated immigration issues, rationale is absent from the discussion.
Arguments should include all data. For example, no one has included, in the discourse over Rep. Elton Galleglyâ€™s commentaries about immigration, mentioning the billions of dollars illegal workers contribute, albeit involuntarily, in the form of unrecovered bail ($3,000 each) at court hearings or in income withholding taxes or unemployment insurance. Neither is any mention made of undocumented military volunteers who shed their blood together with American citizens in Iraq and Afghanistan.
These biased arguments do not give a true overall picture; therefore, they rob the American public from an honest all-inclusive perspective. Regardless of where we stand on the issue, we all deserve to consider it from a well-informed perspective.
â€” Miguel Espinosa Jr., Oxnard