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Posted: Saturday, August 2, 2008 12:14 am | Updated: 10:57 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

"I understand the reasons for the controversy over illegal immigration, but I am at a loss to understand why some people would like for it to continue unimpeded."

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ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION

Employers treating illegal immigrants like slaves

I understand the reasons for the controversy over illegal immigration, but I am at a loss to understand why some people would like for it to continue unimpeded.

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Yes, we are a nation of immigrants. Yes, our heritage is built on welcoming people from other nations who want to become Americans. Therein lies the rub. Many of these illegal immigrants have no interest in becoming Americans; they just want to make a few dollars to send back home.

I would favor a guest worker program as long as it requires employers to provide these workers with the same benefits that apply to American workers. I assure you, that will never happen. Too many employers would rather drive Hummers than Toyotas.

I believe the employers who hire these people for cash-under-the-table and call them “subcontractors” should be prosecuted to the full extent of the law. This practice has created a class of slaves. These people work for low wages and they receive no benefits, not even the mandated workers compensation insurance. Their families get sick? No medical benefits, so it falls on the taxpayers. They get killed or hurt on the job? What happens then?

Why doesn’t the Tribune delve into this? The practice of hiring illegal immigrants for cheap wages and no benefits has depressed our job market and created a financial burden on people who pay for medical care and social services.

Illegal immigration is more than just a minor irritation. It is modern-day slavery, and it’s time to call it what it is and abolish it.

KELLEY J. KIMBLE

APACHE JUNCTION

OIL

Drilling helps everyone

The lack of history taught in the educational system again rears its ugly head. Didn’t they teach that the American and British oil companies went to the near east and drilled the Persian Gulf oil wells and brought the Arabs out of tents and made them billionaires? Didn’t the Indians of Oklahoma tribes benefit from the wells drilled on their property that made them rich and continue to support those tribal members today?

The Democrats keep reminding us of the oil barons of Texas. The oil men of Texas planned for the future by investing for anticipated revenues from the wells they were digging. Look at Alaska and the pipeline revenues that provide Alaskan students a supported college education. No wildlife have suffered there and, in fact, are thriving too well.

Why can’t we think past the next election cycle? The population of the United States will continue to use oil products to power their cars, and drilling is the way of the future.

ROBERT H. NILES

MESA

Rep. JOHN SHADEGG

He’s working for health care legislation

Rep. John Shadegg, R-Ariz., has consistently worked to improve the quality and affordability of health care. That’s why he has introduced legislation like the Health Care Choice Act, which would allow individuals to purchase health insurance across state lines and provide them with tax credits with which to do this.

Recent letters published by the Tribune that attempt to argue Shadegg would like to maintain the status quo are deceptive partisan shots. Shadegg’s legislative record on health care clearly demonstrates that he is a leader in Washington working to fix America’s health care system.

SUSAN MACRIS

PHOENIX

AUTO EMISSIONS

Testing hurts the poor

Rep. Pete Rios, D-Hayden, was bragging in a newspaper a while back that he had worked 10 years to get an emissions testing station in Apache Junction. Pinal County Supervisor Sandie Smith and the old gang work endlessly to bring us things like the emissions testing scam. The 40 to 50 people they intend to take from every day in Apache Junction will all be poor people that can’t afford to buy new cars. This scam has always fallen on the backs of the poor and done nothing for real pollution or the safety of the cars we operate on the highways. This newspaper has been cramming these people down our throats at election time for decades with fake success stories like this one.

ARLIN TROUTT

APACHE JUNCTION

PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION

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Unanswered questions for our candidates

What will happen to the peace activists when the troops are pulled out of Iraq and sent on to Afghanistan? Will they be as passionate about the quagmire in Afghanistan as we are and were in Iraq and Vietnam?

Yes, the terrorists are most likely hiding on the borders of Afghanistan and Pakistan. What’s the plan? Is it to flush them out of these areas so they can relocate elsewhere?

Despite $15 billion in aid that has been disbursed, Afghanistan remains mired in pervasive poverty with unemployment standing at more than 40 percent. The country’s position as one of the world’s poorest has barely shifted since 2001.

I would like to know how Sen. Barack Obama is going to bring the poor in a country like Afghanistan under the freedom umbrella while at the same time escalating troops into the country. Are we going to throw more money at the problem, only to realize years later that we are more in debt to the world community than we already are?

When push comes to shove, I think we will come to realize that Obama and Sen. John McCain are on the same page regarding Afghanistan.

What will the position of the protesters be? The majority of these activists are in Obama’s camp. Maybe “the moment is now” to protest sending more of our military into harm’s way.

JOEL DINA O’CONNELL

TEMPE

All of them are crazy

There are those who say my opinion isn’t worth two cents. So, here is my 1½ cent advice on how to vote for a president. First, realize that anyone who actually wants to be the president of the United States is a crazy person. One need not get excited about all the mistakes, gaffes and confusing things candidates say. They are certainly going to make unrealistic promises. After all, they are crazy.

Try to vote for the crazy person who will do the least harm. Once in office, the new president will experience what I like to call the shock-of-reality therapy and realize they have some serious issues to deal with now and will probably do a good job. If not, we have made a serious mistake, and let’s try to do better next time.

JAMES R. SCHER

CHANDLER

McCain misses right, left

Regarding Leroy Duncan’s letter (“McCain fails to attract the right,” Wednesday):

Sen. John McCain also fails to attract working-class voters who know his real background and lifestyle.

McCain has lived a life of privilege most of his life. First, as the son and grandson of four-star U.S. Navy admirals, and now as the husband of a woman with a net worth of more than $100 million.

John and Cindy McCain own eight multi-million dollar private homes — just like you and me. And also like you and me, McCain wears $520 Italian loafers (Salvatore Ferragamo “Pregiato Moccasins.”) They’re available at your local Neiman Marcus department store.

And McCain calls Barack Obama an elitist …

KIRK MUSE

MESA

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