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Arizona had its reasons for instituting law

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May 21, 2010

We have a lot of very bright people who read the Daily Pilot.

I am wondering if someone could help me out. Apparently I do not have a clear understanding of the definition of "illegal immigration." My interpretation is "somebody who has entered a country illegally."

According to my interpretation, the term means contravening a specific law, especially a criminal law. Why don't we eliminate the term "illegal immigration" and just continue with the free-for-all, which is the direction many of our esteemed lawmakers are taking us?

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I am not a product of immigrants who came over on the Mayflower. No, my ancestors came via Spain, France and Mexico a couple of hundred years ago. I am quite certain that they followed the laws, which were enacted at that time, to become citizens of the United States. What has changed?

I am a person who is proud that I live in a country with laws, rules and standards that most of us adhere to in order to live in a place free of chaos. Chaos, desperation and crime are the very things that many are fleeing from.

To maintain any sense of order and fiscal responsibility within our country, all those entering this country should be required to obtain visas, or legal status. At that time, anyone and everyone, regardless of race, creed or color, are and always would be more than welcome into this great country of ours.

What is so difficult about this concept? Do I fear I may be pulled over by the authorities because of the color of my skin? The absurdity is laughable. However, if I had something to hide it would definitely be cause for concern.

The direction we are heading in is frightening. It's painful to watch the news and listen to Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and the L.A. City Council in all their infinite wisdom demanding that all of us boycott Arizona.

Really, has anyone spoken about the financial ramifications of canceling contracts, and then renegotiating contracts once all this madness dies down?

To go so far as to request that the Lakers boycott Arizona has got to be one of the most absurd remarks to come out of the L.A. City Council. It's no wonder L.A. is broke — it is being run by a host of ignorant politicians whose main concern is their next term in office, at whatever cost!

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