Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor: On Arizona Immigration Law

What’s the big deal?

What is all the fuss about the “new Arizona law”? They have been having real problems with illegal immigrants acting illegally, bringing guns and dope and gangs because the federal government hasn’t been doing their job in closing the border to illegal entry.

So the folks in Arizona are trying to defend themselves in the best way they know how. The police will have to be retrained how to properly enforce the law.

So what’s the big deal? Any honest, intelligent adult knows enough to carry the proper identification and keep his nose clean when he is out in public.

Instead of complaining, why don’t these “experts” offer an alternative solution to a very real problem?

Norman E. Drain

San Luis Obispo

Fine the employers

There is a simple solution to the problem of illegal immigration.

The state of California (and all the other states) should simply fine businesses that have illegal immigrants working for them.

If there is no law that allows this at present, then they should pass such a law.

We should allow the local police to run checks from time to time on any business that is most likely to hire illegal immigrants. The police know what businesses need to be watched most carefully.

The fine should be perhaps $1,000 for the first offense for each illegal immigrant, and those businesses should be checked every six months. The fine should be increased to perhaps $5,000 or $10,000 per illegal immigrant for any future violations. If businesses know they will be fined, they will stop hiring illegal immigrants.

There is no racial profiling with this approach and states certainly have rights. They have the right to protect themselves from the financial hardship that illegal immigrants place on them and the right to protect their citizens from crime. The federal government could not object to this.

Some plan should be available to help those who want to return to their home country if the expense is reasonable.

C. Faulconer

Paso Robles

Ethnicity is irrelevant

In his column, Joe Tarica avers that “Support for Arizona law is disgusting” (May 8). In attempting to make his point, he created absurd scenarios like a man feeding a parking meter while clad in swim trunks or breaking into one’s own car with a coat hanger.

Think about it. External physical characteristics and ethnic background would be irrelevant. If anyone were observed trying to open a car with a coat hanger, I would fully expect and certainly hope that person would be questioned by an officer of the law! Let’s imagine ourselves in another country amid the same scene and guess what would happen.

As for Katcho Achadjian and the other candidates coming out in support of the Arizona law, perhaps they believe in the concept of representative government. Since when is voting in line with one’s constituency called “pandering”?

Darlene Mack

Arroyo Grande

Steps to becoming a citizen

We are being confronted with a political movement to grant amnesty to illegal immigrants by legally granting the same rights and privileges of those who lawfully became citizens. It appears they wish to achieve citizenship by playing by a different set of rules that includes entitlements but with a permission to be faithful to their mother country.

Respectfully, to those who wish to live here illegally, that’s not what being an American is all about. The immigrants who landed on Ellis Island in the early 1900s from non-English-speaking lands worked hard, learned the language, integrated into the American culture and sacrificed in raising future generations to create a land that has become a beacon for a better life in a nation founded on a Constitution, a Bill of Rights and laws.

The Statue of Liberty means a lot to the citizens who became citizens legally. And this truth should be prominent in considering and voting on the immigration bill.

Otis Page

Arroyo Grande

What the Arizona law says

Matt Kokkonen and his fellow uber-conservatives are spitting mad at the media’s misrepresentation of their beloved Arizona anti-immigrant law (Letters, May 12). They want to set the record straight. They assure The Tribune’s readers that Arizona’s “police can question anyone about their legal status only after another law is broken” and “nowhere in the Arizona law are local law enforcement officers empowered to detain innocent people,” etc.

Sorry, folks. The dreaded liberal media is right and you’re wrong. Here’s what the law says:

“For any lawful contact made by a law enforcement official or agency of this state or a county, city, town or other political subdivision of this state where reasonable suspicion exists that the person is an alien who is unlawfully present in the Unites States, a reasonable attempt shall be made, when practicable, to determine the immigration status of the person.”

Dark skin? Accented English? May I see your papers, please?

The price of Arizona’s new status as national pariah? $90 million in losses from cancelled contracts and convention business in Phoenix alone due to the state’s blatantly obvious policy of racial profiling.

Having to lie about what the Arizona law actually says in order to defend it? Priceless.

Linda Seeley

San Luis Obispo