Feedback from the Issue of Thursday, June 23, 2011


A call for reform: This story really sheds light on why the United States has always attracted immigrants with a dream to work hard, make their dreams come true, and contribute to society in many good ways ("Undocumented, Inc," Gregory Pratt, June 9).

The process to become a legal citizen is understood. However, perhaps reform of our current system is in order.

History shows us that there always have been people who come to the United States with negative intentions. Laws protecting us against such people should be enforced.

But those who come here to make a better life for themselves and their families and to contribute to our great country — as this well-documented article points out — should be encouraged and not punished for doing exactly what has made our country the best place in the world to live.
Kay Anderson, Phoenix

Lee's, um, got all the answers: Exactly what is it about illegal that these young businesspeople in your story don't understand?

Sure, Lilly Romo started a language school, which is a business that presumably employs American citizens or registered aliens. But look at what this language school does: It helps illegal aliens stay here in this country illegally by teaching them English.

I say round up the illegal Romo and her students and drop them over the border where they belong. Let her put her business sense to work in her native country.

Lee Gordon, Phoenix

Robert and Lee have been talking: What part of illegal don't these illegal-alien [entrepreneurs] in your story understand?
Robert Strovink, Phoenix

Robert and Lee, meet John Q.: There are phrases that should be banned from American parlance:

"You go, girl!" is one. "Let's keep it on the down-low" is another. But the worst is, "What is it about illegal that (fill in the blank) don't understand?"

This is the only thing redneck nativists can come up with most of the time when the subject of immigration from the south comes up.

If total amnesty became the law, these crackers would be tongue-tied. No, they'd just start [calling for] violating the law that they now profess to hold so dear.
John Quinonez, Phoenix

Ned learns about empathy: I'm usually one of the Mexican-bashers New Times rails about all the time, but I found this story enthralling.

For the life of me, I can't fault what the main character in your story, Lilly Romo, is doing — starting her own business (one that teaches fellow Hispanics how to be speak English better and be more productive Americans).

This young woman and some of the others in your story are to be commended. This doesn't, however, keep them from having to live with the fact that it all could go down the drain because of their illegal statuses.
Ned Sargent, Prescott

Yup: What I love about this story is that it goes against the nativist notion that Mexican immigrants are worthless leeches draining our economy.

The people in this story are adding to the economy, creating jobs that enable people to buy goods and services and pay taxes.

They are being good Americans — because they have no choice but to be good Americans. They can't legally get jobs here so they create businesses to survive. What is more capitalist than this?
Renaldo Bradley, city unavailable

But it's the hillbillies that keep Feedback in business: More power to these upholders of the American dream.

They make better Americans than the trailer trash who condemn them, that's for sure. Wish we could deport all the racist hillbillies in this state. That would be a true service to Arizona.
David Ritchie, city unavailable

Just 'cuz you believe it, doesn't make it a fact, Loyd: No matter how much you laud the accomplishments of a few of our illegal immigrants, two obvious facts remain:

• Neither Arizona nor the United States can absorb the tens of millions, perhaps even hundreds of millions, of illegals wanting to come here from Mexico, Central, and South America.

• Hispanic illegals, on average, bring serious self-destructive values with them — lack of commitment to education (evidenced by very high dropout rates), very high birth rates, relatively high crime rates, and behaviors that drive down the property values of others (noise, unkempt premises).
Loyd Eskildson, city unavailable

Tell it to the geniuses Robert, Lee, and Loyd: Under IRS and state laws, [the young businesspeople in your story] are not illegal.

A lot of immigrants have education. Actually, the recent census shows that in the United States, there are more immigrants with bachelor's degrees than immigrants who drop out of high school.

[Many U.S. citizens] see all immigrants in this country as ignorant criminals trying to rape your woman. Just as the people saw the Chinese, black, Jewish, Irish, and any other minority in the history of this country.

If history repeats itself, [a lot of Americans] will be proved wrong, and immigrants' offspring will be some of the most economically successful people in our country in the future.
David Quintana, city unavailable

All that "American way" stuff: Distortions come from all sides, as all sides have agendas. Few people out there are trying to solve problems, New Times included.

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I am a native of Arizona and have been aware of the immigration issues since early childhood. In the '70s it was an apparrent problem, but nobody seemed concerned. Now a person has but to simply drive down almost any street in any city in Arizona to realize the problem is way out of control. I beleive that the core at issue is this; " The first step into this country illegally is a crime, and shouyld be vehemently punished. Any and all property aquired while in this country illegally should be forfeited and the person should be deported forthwith. If they repeat the crime, they should be incarcerated and placed into a labor force to enhance with community cleanups and park maintenance; until they can be re-deported." If a US citizen breaks the law in Arizona we are held to task for it and subject to the full rule of law. Not being a legal citizen should be held as an aggravating circumstance and not to promote lenience. If a person wishes to become a US citizen they must first obey and respect our laws. Instead they break the law; Once upon defying our immigration laws; and then in every other thing they do while here. Those who defend them or protest for Any supposed rights for illegal immigrants should be held accountable; perhaps for treason. Politicians wishing to build a voter base using amnesty for these criminals are no more than asserting themselves as criminals who have no respect for our laws. There is no racism here. Simply facts. Right and wrong. Yet this subject is stretched far beyond the clear Black and White truth that to be here "ILLEGALLY"; is just that.Harboring or helping an "ILLEGAL" is also illegal. I see no issue except who is responsible enough to uphold our laws and enforce them. I fully support our Border Patrol officers and am aware that without them; who else would watch our backdoor for us.


To John Quinonez: So you don't like the phrase "What part of illegal don't you understand?" You say that's the only thing anti-illegal immigrationists can come up with. Well sir, that's better than what you come up with: "RACIST!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! KKK!!!!!!!!!!! HITLER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! NAZI!!!!!!!!!!!!! RACIST!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!" By the way, is this you?


It's so adorable when the open border, pro-illegal Mexicans use racial slurs like crackers and honkeys. They make themselves look so ignorant and hypocritical, but they're trying. They really are.

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