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In my view, immigrants from any part of the world feel content and joyful to be a part of a free land called the United States of America. Whether they are living in hardship and struggle or whether they can at leat afford bread for twice a day, immigrants are grateful to God and blessed to be in this country full of possibilities and hope.

Reasonable, calm politics, and people with great open hearts and a pleasant nature, most of the time; and this can't or won't be available in their unfortunate countries, full of poverty, terror, misfortune and bad politics.

Please support them; show them ways to be a part of this nation, and let them be a part of the USA!

Just my views.

Abeer Khan

Palm Beach, FL

Mar 31 2010 - 2:11am

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It has long been the song of those who want to degrade the wages of labor that this country was built on immigration. In reality, this nation was built on the genocide of native Americans and the theft of their land and the enslavement of black Americans and the theft of their labor. So this nation was built on genocide, slavery and theft. Immigration advocates are trying to return to theft and slavery through slave wages.

Steven Langston

Murray, KY

Mar 30 2010 - 6:38pm

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I heard one hour of an immigrant's rights protest and was not uplifted by it. Basically, I did not see any more enlightened spirit in this movement than at Wall Street. Every chant and every speech was scripted and the whole thing seemed like a trance experience for most people involved. Wall Street is also in an unconscious lemming trance, although of a very different nature of course

Both Wall Street and such protest movements seem equally reactive, programmed in their belief system and blind to the whole picture.

The suffering of the world is real, the immigration problem reflects one facet of this suffering. But understanding the problem is not the same as having good solutions.

Rich or poor, white CEOs or illegal immigrants, we are all the same. We need to grow up and become more self-aware in our own unique ways. That would be a different place to start and in the long run might be more effective than "What do we want?" and "When do we want it?" chants or more effective than any endless CEO's mandated corporate reorganizations.

Chris Alexander

Los Angeles, CA

Mar 29 2010 - 8:30pm

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I was extremely impressed by the Immigration Reform march. Organizing so many people in a march that size is an amazing feat. Also, I too was very disappointed by the coverage of a handful of white protesters versus an army of immigration rights advocates. It was unfair and sad.

That being said, this is America. Change comes slowly and at a tremendous price. I am an avid supporter of President Obama. I think he is a wonderful president and a great leader. But he must be pressed. President Johnson needed to be pressed to push for civil rights and he then needed to press Congress to pass the Civil Rights Act. That's what we do as advocates, we strongly but nonviolently push for reform. And President Obama hears you.

The GOP will not now or ever support any kind of comprehensive immigration reform. I have been reading everything on this issue from Republican academics to tea party "mad haters." They are positively rabid when it comes to immigration. Frothing at the mouth and screaming for people to get their guns and "electrify" the border. Do not wait until Obama is out of office. Do not wait until the GOP has control of Congress. Do not accept half answers and lies. Now is the time for immigration reform. President Obama is on our side, but his plate is full. We need to press him and lobby him and rally and vote and march and keep going and pushing for change!

We will persevere, we will win, but it won't be easy. ¡Si, se puede!

Sara Brown

San Diego, CA

Mar 29 2010 - 5:57pm

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The 12 million illegal immigrants contribute far more than the white-collar workers on Wall Street! They do menial work, especially on farms that produce most of the food Americans consume and in hospitals, schools, construction projects etc. So it is only fair and decent to give them an opportunity to become full citizens, not continue as modern day slaves.

On another note, as is probably not well known, about 40 percent of the mainland USA was bought from Mexico and Spain for a pittance. Since history goes in cycles, the mostly Hispanic immigrants are only doing justice to their forefathers who were denied basic human rights.

Perhaps it is universal justice that they have a right to become full citizens.


Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Mar 26 2010 - 12:06pm