Misplaced immigration blame

Letter to the editor

Posted: Wednesday, January 05, 2005

I would like to respond to Mr. Fox's letter (Empire, Jan. 4) to the editor supporting the deportation of Mr. Gullien. Your concerns are understandable, however, you will have to stop eating in most of the restaurants in Juneau and stop buying groceries in any store if you want to maintain your high-minded practice of not supporting businesses that directly employ or benefit in some way from illegal immigrant labor. For that matter you would not find many hotels on the West Coast that you could stay in either. And the fish-processing industry of Southeast also relies significantly on "illegal immigrants."

The United States and its businesses are totally complicit in this so-called crime because of inconsistent policies and poor-minded management of immigration in general. President Bush's recent nominee for head of Homeland Security, a department that oversees the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service, was a man who had recently (this year) employed an illegal alien as a housekeeper (and he was a former police chief as well).

Blaming the people who cross the border to work extra hard for a little money to support their families is pointing a finger in the wrong direction.

Richard Bloomquist


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