Letter: Reader fires back on immigration issue

Published: Thursday, Aug. 15, 2013 10:35 a.m.CDT • Updated: Thursday, Aug. 15, 2013 10:37 a.m.CDT

To the Editor:

In response to a Letter to the Editor by Victoria Bentley dated July 31, 2013:

Ahhh, intolerance once again rears its ugly head regarding immigrants.

"Is the American electorate as ignorant as all of our elected leaders believe?" is the question proposed. No, not all. In fact, voters are getting smarter and better informed…Well, at least those watching anything other than Fox “News."

One point where you are correct is that the current immigration laws have not been enforced. You can thank corporations for that. “Why give up cheap labor?”

What’s funny (if it weren’t so sad) is your claim that all these immigrants turned into Democrat voters and toppled the GOP voting plan. That’s a real knee-slapper.

The GOP is losing by losing voters – women, men, blacks, whites, Latinos… because of their actions (or inaction) and their less than desirable (Victorian era) intrusive views.

In answer to your question, the electorate is getting smarter. But nice back-door way on your part of implying that immigrants are ignorant freeloaders.

Just as there has been immigration reform over the centuries, there have been immigrants serving in the Armed Forces to serve and protect the United States. Perhaps you should direct your myopic view toward the immigrants who volunteered in the Armed Forces to protect your right to freely spew derision in their direction. You might consider thanking them for their service to make it possible for you to disparage them from the safety of your cushy armchair.

And just as there has always been immigration through the centuries, there will always, unfortunately, be prejudice. Your choice – you can look at these immigrants as a gift or as a burden. Personally, I consider each one of my friends as a gift.

Angelo Manzoeillo, Downers Grove

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