Feedback from the Issue of Thursday, January 28, 2010
Pray for the DREAM Act: It is absolutely a waste that so many of these young undocumented immigrants are flushed into Mexico. Something must be done to put sanity back into our immigration laws and policies.
I guess you could look at it that our loss is Mexico's gain, except that the system is so inbred in Mexico that even people like brilliant engineer Oscar Vasquez are locked out of the system. That is, it really isn't a viable option for him to, say, move to a big Mexican city and put his engineering skills to good use.
Also, in his case, he has a child and wife to think about and must stay near the border.
Those in the story who note that it's stupid for the United States, and particularly Arizona, to force these talented young people out are absolutely right. No matter how you feel about the border problem, there needs to be a way for people who can contribute to our society to say here.
I pray the long-languishing DREAM Act does finally pass so we can get what we pay for with the kids we educate. Also, as far as this U.S. citizen is concerned, any illegal alien who agrees to serve — and serves — in the American military should get automatic citizenship.
Arturo Sanchez, Tempe
Dr. Phil reference? That's where you lost your credibility: While Malia Politzer's "Return to Sender" was an interesting read, Politzer lost credibility for not giving the full picture. For example, Politzer insinuates that honor student Virginia Gutierrez was deported to Mexico for having a broken taillight. Wasn't Gutierrez's real crime having a fake ID?
Journalists need to take a cue from Dr. Phil — there are two sides to every pancake. For every highly motivated and successful student who happens to be an illegal alien, how many go through the school systems learning little to nothing while costing taxpayers a bundle? What percentage of the jail and prison populations comprises illegal aliens brought to the United States by their parents?
I'd like to see a New Times article that examines all sides of the illegal immigration issue in a truthful, accurate, factual manner — one that allows the reader to come to her or his own conclusions. Such an article from New Times will arrive just around the time that Hell freezes over.
Back to Politzer. Mexico should open its arms and doors to deported honors students and college grads. We've educated these people to the hilt at considerable expense, and Mexico ends up with the advantage of talent that these people offer.
Coni Cabot, Phoenix
Digging our own grave: We are digging our own grave by not realistically considering allowing these bright minds to become a part of the United States infrastructure.
What really upsets me is the refusal of strictly anti-immigrant exponents to see the reality of the situation: We've invested in these high-achieving underdogs and refuse to reap the benefits of their years of hard work.
Julie Fine, via the Internet
Lawmakers are sickening: I feel ill. Greed and fear are ruling our lawmakers' decisions. May we soon elect new legislators who have common sense and support for their country's needs and aspirations!
Nancy Bryant-Welch, via the Internet
Prop 300 has hurt Arizona: This is the true story of dreamers after Proposition 300. This is by far the best article I've read about the DREAM Act. How much more do our five-star students have to suffer to achieve their goals? What a waste. We need the DREAM Act now!
Arizona's economy was better before Prop 300 and all the anti-immigrant laws. Immigrants were helping the economy. Why are all those homes abandoned now? Why has home construction collapsed? Small businesses around my area don't exist anymore.
The country needs to accept that we are not doing well with current anti-immigrant laws. The immigration system is broken. Immigrants help our economy grow. Students should not be criminals for wanting an education.
Allie Matias, Phoenix
You probably think you're one of the intelligent ones: I wonder if the writer really believes anyone is fooled by the misleading application of the words "immigration" and "immigrant," or by the euphemism "undocumented."
These people are "immigrants" like home invaders are "guests," and I wonder how easily the writer would agree to call a car thief an "undocumented motorist."
Rather than attempting to pull the wool over the eyes of your readership with wordplay, you might do us all the courtesy of showing both intellectual and ethical honesty and simply advocating the theft of American resources and the elimination of American sovereignty within its own borders.
Pushing for Mexican colonization of America is dirty enough; you might at least do us the courtesy of not insulting our intelligence in the process.
Daniel Kirk, Tempe
An issue of education: The DREAM Act would allow thousands of brilliant students to continue their higher education. It would make sense to allow this, since we have already financed these students' academic careers from kindergarten through 12th grade.
This is not an issue of immigration as much as an issue of education and a national commitment to keep the brightest minds in the United States.
I congratulate the advocates of this great cause and invite everyone to pressure their federal elected officials to show some courage and pass the DREAM Act.
Luis Avila, Phoenix
Questions for Oscar: I am curious about Oscar Vasquez's not using his degree from ASU, which has a reputation for producing fine engineers, and his notoriety to obtain an engineering position with some firm in Mexico.
Surely, Mexico has a great need for engineers, and he would be better able to support his family in the States with such a position. And would this also not make him a more attractive candidate for re-admittance to the States than picking beans or working as a manager at a factory?
Raymond Gross, Phoenix
He should be viewed as a role model: Oscar Vasquez wants to live near the border so his wife and daughter can drive from Phoenix to visit him at least once a month. They see this as a temporary situation until he receives an answer for his visa waiver appeal.
The State Department advises the answer can take 15 months, and the answer will very likely be negative. The decision has nothing to do with his worth or [this] country's need for engineers, but the "extreme hardship" on his wife and child.
He and his young family are considering moving to Europe, Canada, or Australia as a long-term solution.
So instead of living here and supporting his wife and daughter and contributing to the Arizona economy, he is "on hold" in Mexico. Because he lived in the United States without papers, he cannot apply for a visa for 10 years.
Instead of being banished, he should be on a Wheaties box as a role model for young people. We used to celebrate this kind of Horatio Alger character.
Allan Cameron, Vasquez's former teacher, Chandler
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