Saturday, May 22, 2004

2 immigration plans flawed

2 immigration plans flawed

May. 21, 2004 12:00 AM

Now that the Democrats have an immigration bill to counter the president's proposed guest worker program, which program would best improve the immigration situation?

Neither will decrease the number of illegal border crossers or how many will die trying to enter the United States illegally.

The Democrats' bill will allow immigrants to become permanent legal residents if they prove they lived in the United States for five years and have been employed for two years. I guess the Democrats in Congress didn't know it's illegal to hire undocumented immigrants.

The Democrats' proposal should be called triple amnesty. First amnesty for entering the country illegally, second amnesty for working here illegally and third amnesty for the employers who illegally hired them.

The Bush proposal would give millions of illegal aliens temporary legal status, which is the same as amnesty.

Both proposals would benefit employers of undocumented immigrants. As long as laws against the hiring of undocumented aliens are not enforced, those laws will continue to be broken and people will continue to cross our border illegally or die trying. - Bob Haran

Linguistic lunacy

What a shame the Arizona Department of Education is threatening to ban a Spanish spelling bee.

It shows that Tom Horne and his staff are much more interested in stamping out Spanish than they are in teaching children to speak English.

All major corporations are concentrating their marketing efforts on a population with a growing number of people who speak Spanish. Anyone who graduates from an Arizona school literate in English and Spanish will have a definite edge over someone who is limited by being literate in English only.

Don't be deceived by English-only advocates who constantly state that California's test scores have gone up as a result of their doing away with bilingual education. California went to great efforts to lower class size, and it appears to have paid off.

Secondly, there are still plenty of bilingual programs in California. Its law isn't as tough as the law in Arizona. Thousands of parents signed waivers so their children could continue to receive bilingual education.

Last I heard, there were 29 lawsuits pending regarding the English-only proposition. It's only a matter of time before one succeeds.

- Sue Azizi



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