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Feedback: Intolerance infects others

My letter is in regards to Ed Curtain’s Jan. 17 contribution concerning illegal immigrants.

Mr. Curtain, your prejudice against immigrants is only thinly disguised by the word “illegal.” Your letter is an embarrassment. It not only confirms your ignorance of the situation immigrants face, it shows how coldhearted and prejudiced Americans can be.

You write, “Many (illegal immigrants) are tied to crime and gangs and not deported.” How many millions of natural born citizens and legal immigrants are tied to crime and gangs and not deported? This argument is irrelevant, along with their legal circumstances.

In regards to your many ludicrous assertations, immigrants are still here to make better lives for themselves and their families. A multi-culural enrichment to our nation is still a benefit. They have always sent their earnings to their homeland, and more power to them.

An immigrant, legal or illegal, is still a person striving for a better life. What exempts them from the right to a pursuit of happiness? If you’re concerned about your taxes, think of it as an act of charity.

George Bush has recently promised to support a three-year grant of amnesty to illegal immigrants. This will allow them to become established in a job and a secure situation. How do you feel about that?

Mr. Curtin, stop swimming in the cesspool of intolerance before you infect others or drown.

Caitlin Rider,

Oak Harbor

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