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Jose Vargas Reveals Life As An Undocumented Immigrant

@PekingDuck - if you actually paid attention to all my posts, you wouldn't need to waste your time ranting on paragraph after paragraph, and again ultimately after much ado falling back on your intellectually dishonest racist card.

My quote: “I really don't care how a person came to be here, if they didn't go through proper channels then somehow, amends must be made."

"Amends' my feathered friend, doesn't have to mean deportation. I never said that. Get off your high horse.

And by the way, I've travelled all around the world and wherever I've been the people like their culture, their language, and just like most Americans have a threshold for foreigners and immigrants. It's the same wherever you go... I guess the whole world must be racist in your book..GASP!

February 23, 2012 at 10:03 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Truth Of Haditha Case May Never Come Out: Wuterich Defense Attorney

Some of the comments here are way too inclusive - including illegal immigration into this topic takes the red state America argument a bit too far. I say it’s intellectually dishonest to equate the two as synonymous. I've voted Democratic for the past 10 years and I do not believe it's radical to expect that people who come here do so legally - neither is it radical to expect that your government would enforce immigration laws just as they would any other of our laws.
The differences of opinion between those who live in rural areas as compared to the city are due in large part to different experiences. What might be a blessing in one place isn’t necessarily so in the other or in some cases it’s simply that the threshold has been met. I believe America is far more moderate than many choose to believe, that we highlight the extremes too much. And let me just say that as a person who has traveled a bit in the military – some of you have no clue just how nasty, cruel, inhumane, and sick many people are abroad. We, on our worst day in the media, pale in comparison.
That said, I won’t give the military a free pass on bad behavior, or the American public a pass for supporting wars that are generally not justified, but what I won’t do is paint so many people with broad strokes when I haven’t walked in their shoes. Some of you need to get out of the city, and go find out what your fellow Americans have to put up with that live on the border, or in the areas where most of your food comes from. You need to see that those are real people too, not sub-humans.
Invest in these people first – your fellow Americans. You might find that you also have things in common that you wouldn’t expect.

January 31, 2012 at 1:20 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Jose Vargas Reveals Life As An Undocumented Immigrant

Every time without fail, if a person makes the statement that they support enforcing "legal" immigration, the words racism, xenophobia, and the like get thrown out, if not directly, they are suggested.

I believe (and I’m not alone on this) that we simply cannot run a productive civil society, that can balance its budget and be as fair as possible to its citizenry by requiring some to obey our laws, pay taxes, learn the language and accept the cultural norms while looking the other way or even encouraging others who don’t.

My belief in this applies whether you are black, brown, yellow, white, or somewhere in between. My belief in this applies whether you came from Spain, Sweden, or the moon. I want a country that supports and defends rational and reasonable laws, and I happen to believe that legal immigration is the only rational and reasonable way to allow people to come here to work, live, and ultimately, if they meet our requirements and wish to do earn the right, become loyal citizens.

January 16, 2012 at 8:49 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Jose Vargas Reveals Life As An Undocumented Immigrant

The rule of law is an important part of a civil society, the foundation really. Stories like these are supposed to make us all feel guilty about wanting our immigration laws enforced. As if the bulk of what makes up illegal immigration to this country are people like Jose Vargas, and furthermore, that there are no victims or no negative impact to having a deluge of people coming here illegally. I really don't care how a person came to be here, if they didn't go through proper channels then somehow, amends must be made.

January 13, 2012 at 11:10 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Brown Vows to Fight "Cult-like" Climate Change Deniers

I think Peking-Duck has covered this topic well and while I'm impressed with some of the counter arguments to this position, I'm mostly convinced that human beings are having an impact on the planet in ways that will ultimately be detrimental to the lives of many if we don't change the way we are living. This isn't a planet of a few million hunters and gatherers anymore, we are currently somewhere around 7 billion people on this planet and the world is heavily industrialized, de-forested, and nowhere near what it was even 200 years ago. While I'm not a scientist, I just can't see how what we are doing in size and scope of what we have today could not change things. I hope I'm wrong. I actually salute this person for taking the many slings and arrows of what does seem to be an irrational kind of zealousness. I suppose I can stand by now for many insults to my intelligence for agreeing with (him/her).

December 27, 2011 at 3:52 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Escondido Faces Ultimatum Over Latino Representation

In other words, please stop enforcing the laws... Look, we all get hassled by the law. If you park downtown and don't put enough change in the parking meter, you get a ticket, if you don't curb your tires on an incline, you get a ticket, if you speed, you get a ticket, your car has a light out, or you haven't kept your registration up.. You get a ticket. And the same goes if at a random stop your paperwork isn't in order. Cops are looking for money, the city needs money, and quite frankly many people want the laws enforced to prevent larger problems that can come from not enforcing the small fry stuff.

I'm so tired of people who know they are here illegally or have come here from abroad expecting special treatment. Come here legally, learn the language, and accept the social norms or please don't - just stay where you are.

December 9, 2011 at 1:04 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Campaign To Repeal California DREAM Act Begins

Consider this, that college age kids who are here legally (through no fault of their own) are discriminated against, that includes people of all colors, backgrounds, etc.

That when you break our laws you have to make amends, you don't get rewarded. What kind of upside down country are we if we say something is illegal to do but then we at the same time offer incentives to break the law?

Yes we need people at the low skill level to help drive our economy, so no; we can't just chase them all out. BUT we have to have a better policy of how we do this, what we currently have does not work, it isn't fair, and it makes a mockery of our country to have laws that are not enforced.

November 3, 2011 at 9:20 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Campaign To Repeal California DREAM Act Begins

I'm not a member of the Tea Party, in fact I'm a registered Democrat, but on this one I will be signing the petition. DonHonda is correct in his position; it's just common sense, something that Sacramento is sorely lacking. This nonsense will not stand.

November 2, 2011 at 11:25 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Unlikely Bedfellows: Occupy San Diego And The Tea Party

Some excellent comments here by Cytelica and dialyn - I may not agree completely with you on all points but I'd say you've done your homework. The Republican party these days does present itself as a group that simply cannot be negotiated with, which is unfortunate, because that is what we need - a government that actually works for the people.

October 18, 2011 at 8:36 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

San Diego Family Of 3 Needs $63,000 To Be Self Sufficient

It is tough to make it here, and while it's tough all around CA's biggest problem is that it promotes a welfare state. If you work, pay taxes, and are here legally you are the enemy. Your state and local government is going to stick it to you and ensure that someone from some other country that doesn't speak English is going to get a break on getting into college, getting a job, and on driving without a license.

And if you complain about how unfair and how contrary all of this to our laws you will be called a xenophobe, racist, or worse. Yes folks, this is California, a place of perpetual sunshine and perpetual nonsense in government.

October 11, 2011 at 8:08 a.m. ( | suggest removal )