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Posted: Thursday, April 29, 2010 12:50 pm | Updated: 3:29 am, Sat Oct 8, 2011.

The federal government reaction to Arizona’s new immigration law is very revealing. A government that “cared” about our borders would have reacted this way: “We appreciate the efforts of local law enforcement in Arizona to assist our overworked and overrun Border Patrol agents in an effort to secure our border.”

Instead, the Feds want to stop the will of the Arizona people.

IMMIGRATION: Feds are no help

The federal government reaction to Arizona’s new immigration law is very revealing. A government that “cared” about our borders would have reacted this way: “We appreciate the efforts of local law enforcement in Arizona to assist our overworked and overrun Border Patrol agents in an effort to secure our border.”

Instead, the Feds want to stop the will of the Arizona people.

If I am stopped and don’t have my car registration, I get a ticket. So, if you are in Arizona after crossing the border without paperwork, i.e. no passport, no birth certificate, no “human registration”, then it is fair that you get a “ticket,” pay a fine and return to your

country. After you get your papers, you can come back.

As an American, I can’t go to Mexico without my USA passport. If I go with a gun or without car insurance, I will likely be arrested and jailed.

Do I cry racism? No. I just don’t go to Mexico. Period.

Perhaps Mr. Obama doesn’t want our country to be a country anymore. Without borders, the USA would not exist.

And I have ties to Mexico. My grandparents were born there, and then they moved legally to Arizona.

Amy L. Butters, San Diego

IMMIGRATION: Support from Colorado

You have done what those in Washington have failed to do for too many years. There are many here in Colorado who send their support to your efforts.

I have followed Sheriff Arpaio for a long time and salute the work he is doing. We have needed far more support for our borders, and look what it is bringing to us: gangs, drugs, anchor babies, overcrowded emergency rooms, and lastly breaking the laws of the United States. I have seen posts on youtube showing total disrespect for our flag by flying the flag of Mexico above the stars and stripes. If they love their flag so much, go home and support your own country. Or enter this country under the rules and regulations of the Immigration Department.

Leah Grant, Bailey, Colo.

IMMIGRATION: Arizona a racist wasteland

I am a native of New Mexico and I am shocked at our neighbor state for passing SB 1070. If you have an immigrant problem then do something constructive about it like opposing NAFTA and Walmart — that is why the common man can’t earn a living in Mexico and has to come to some racist wasteland like Arizona to pick up your trash. I am sure not going to Arizona for any reason whatsoever. I won’t even change planes in the airport if I can help it. You can keep your Grand Canyon - I don’t spend money in racist, apartheid countries.

Malcolm D Moore, Ann Arbor, Mich.

GOVERNMENT: Merge OPM into Dept. of Agriculture

I applaud Gov. Jan Brewer for seeking to eliminate the Department of Commerce. However, I suggest the governor and the legislature adopt a recent auditor general’s recommendation further reducing the size of state government: merge the Office of Pest Management into the Department of Agriculture. Supported by the structural pest management industry and Department of Agriculture, such legislation recently passed the House by a 54-0 vote, and is pending in the Senate.

Currently housed under the Department of Administration and charged with regulating the pest management industry, OPM’s mission is similar to the Department of Agriculture’s mission of ensuring the safe and proper use of pesticides.

Moreover, 39 state departments of agriculture presently oversee both structural pest management and agricultural pesticide use.

Arizona, meanwhile, is the only state where the state personnel agency has anything at all to do with the oversight pest management activities.

Merging OPM into the Department of Agriculture eliminates redundant government services and cuts significant costs, while maintaining the necessary protections for public health and safety. Only by common sense, good government actions such as the elimination of the Department of Commerce and the enactment of legislation merging OPM into the Department of Agriculture will the legislature and governor truly be able to right size our state’s government.

Ken Fredrick, Tucson, President of Arizona Pest Professional Association

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