Thursday, July 01, 2004

Immigration ideas, not laments, needed

Immigration ideas, not laments, needed

Immigration ideas, not laments, needed
Jul. 1, 2004 12:00 AM

Regarding the My Turn by Raul Yzaguirre, "Rhetoric blurs reality of immigration debate" (Opinions, Tuesday):

I read it looking for some clarity into the subject, only to be disappointed.

Nowhere in his piece does Yzaguirre of the National Council of La Raza address any of the problems related to the current wave of immigration, the most compelling of which is the staggering cost of education, health care, and criminal justice for illegals.

I would ask Yzaguirre what are we going to do about the enormous health costs and the bankrupt border hospitals? How many students can we pack into the public classrooms - 35, 40, 45? Should we increase property taxes to pay for more teachers? Does he have any ideas for helping Hispanic students with their dropout rate? Does he support the AIMS graduation standard, or does he write it off as culturally biased?

Facts? Ideas? Plans?

No. Instead, in long-winded fashion, Yzaguirre bemoans that Arizona residents do not understand Latinos and are hopeless saddled with prejudice.

Thanks, Raul Yzaguirre. You cleared it right up. -Tim Haggerty, Prescott


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