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Public Pulse January 14th, 2010

The Editor



Welcome to America

Lyle, you did a excellent job on this article. There is so much graft and "good ole boy" attitude mentality in our government that I don't believe the issue will be resolved. It could be accomplished by one head strong president by fiat. He would have to just say “By hump and by Jump, get to work.” The illegals are so ingrained in areas like Los Angeles and New York that the task would be horrendous. The glut of agricultural labor has been further added to because of this administration’s lack of concern for the food producers as can be seen in the central valley of California. Senator Boxer and Frankenstein would rather have wind machines in the areas that have been the most productive in the whole world. A little fish here, a little water cut off there and Fresno is devastated. I'm actually worried for the first time that our country may not be able to recover from this administration’s goal of destroying free enterprise. Your and my generation is the last in America to have expendable cash. The purchasing power base is gone. The next generation has no savings and no clue how they are going to survive in their retirement years. There are no jobs for Americans so where do the illegals think they are going to work.

/s/Dennis Nutter
Escondido, California

More Welcome to America

After reading Lyle’s recent cover story and hearing on the news about a program to lead some 12 million illegal immigrants currently here to a new path to citizenship, I couldn't help remarking, "Here we go again!"

Seems to me Pres. Ronnie, now sacred icon of the GOP was the primary proponent of a similar plan to enfranchise some 6 million illegals a while ago. What a snow job.

I am all in favor of controlled and proportional legal immigration, as well as effective enforcement and apprehension of illegals. Unfortunately, all we have now is uncontrolled, non-proportional, illegal immigration.

If the word "proportional" offends your "all men are equal" sensibilities, then by the same token, proximity to a border should not be the sole criteria for who makes it through, over, or under the fence. Who is to decide on those proportions, and how do we avoid favoritism, bigotry and racism, I guess we will have to rely on the elected Government and our collective oversight of the Government we elect.

And, if enforcement and apprehension of illegals disturbs your conscience, please remember, the operative word is "illegal."

And speaking of fences, how dare they bring up the subject of legalization without first effectively solving the very long standing porosity of our borders. If they don't, then sure as hell there will be another 10 or 12 million illegals here within a decade or two.

Marty Weiss
Pennsylvania

Did We Hit a Nerve?

Good article, Lyle! I grew up with the "Bracero Program" here in California. It was very effective until it was closed in the 1960's. I believe that the closure of the program is what caused the increase in illegal Mexican immigration.

/s/J. "Steve" Voelker
Yuba City, CA.

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