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From: S. Nunn [Email]
I read one of your recent opinion columns discussing Ruben Navarrette`s assertion that Hispanics will inevitably be a majority in the US. [Email Navarrette] I agreed with much of your critique of his position.
However, please realize that immigration is not a "left vs. right" issue. Are you aware that President Obama has deported more illegals per month than George Bush did? Are you aware that Republican-leaning, corporate lobbying groups such as the US Chamber of Commerce favor unregulated immigration? [Vdare.com note: Yes, we`re very aware of this.]
I am a liberal Democrat and I favor strict immigration controls. I do not want the US to become a Hispanic nation. I favor a moderate stream of legal immigration, not the deluge of illegals from Mexico that we have had for the past thirty years.
Those who benefit the most from an unending influx of cheap labor are business owners, not the poor. These same business owners are able to keep their profits, while placing the costs of the chaotic influx of immigration on to the public sector. Lawmakers from both parties, Republicans and Democrats, are to blame for the current state of affairs.
James Fulford writes: In current politics, the immigration issue is becoming a left vs. right debate, even within the Republican Party. But the reader is right that both parties are guilty. Still one of my favorite stories:
"IN AMERICA, WE have a two-party system," a Republican congressional staffer is supposed to have told a visiting group of Russian legislators some years ago. "There is the stupid party. And there is the evil party. I am proud to be a member of the stupid party."
He added: "Periodically, the two parties get together and do something that is both stupid and evil. This is called—bipartisanship."