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To:  letters@azstarnet.com, letters@tucsoncitizen.com, opinion@arizonarepublic.com
From:  tim   tmrich@c2i2.com
Date:  Tue, 24 Dec 2002 07:29:18 -0700
Subject:  Editor of the day


To The Editors
Arizona Republic, Arizona Daily Star, Tucson Citizen, Sierra Vista Herald


If I were Editor For The Day I would contact the Border Action Network, the Southern Arizona ACLU and the Coalicion de Derechos Humanos and ask the following questions.

Can you give documentation of one instance of a member of one of the citizen patrol groups making a racial slur?

Can you give documentation of one instance of a member of one of the citizen patrol groups advocating the total elimination of lawful immigration?

Can you give documentation of one instance of a member of one of the citizen patrol groups opposing a guest worker program?

Given that the Border with Mexico is an international border, attested to by the Governor of Arizona, and given that the problems of illegal immigration spread to every state, can you give one credible reason why residents from states other than Arizona should not participate in watching the border?

Can you give documentation of any instances of the Mexican Army violating the international border?

As Editor For The Day I would probably publish an editorial or opinion column analyzing what the effect of elimination of illegal immigration, sealing the border between entry points and establishment of a guest worker program would be. Something like the following.

Assuming that a guest worker program would have built in to it methods for controlling the number of unemployed guest workers at any given time. Assuming that the guest worker program would protect Americans in the job market. Assuming that there would be a funding for medical assistance for guest workers from deductions going in to a medical care fund rather than Social Security.

THE UPSIDE

Workers would be able to move around by purchasing transportation such as bus tickets for as low as $15.00 instead of paying coyotes hundreds of dollars.

Workers would be able to stay in motels as they travel from place to place.

Workers would not have their families threatened because of non-payment of smuggling fees.

Workers would be able to retain more of their earnings.

Ranchers and businesses would not be vandalized by hordes of people moving through.

Families would stay in the home country.

School enrollment would dramatically drop.

Crime would dramatically drop.

Disease would dramatically drop.

Highways, deserts and parklands would be cleaner.

Taxes would drop dramatically.

People would stop dying in the desert.

People would stop dying in van and SUV rollovers.

Workers would no longer be targets of criminals from their own countries.

Workers would be properly identified and available to be held responsible for their actions.

Workers' wages would be properly reported and taxed.

Drug smugglers would be exposed because their cover would be gone.

Citizen patrol groups would be unnecessary.

The attorney based organizations, the Border Action Network, the Southern Arizona ACLU and the Coalicion de Derechos Humanos, would have to find new causes. Their quest of a civil/human rights case on the magnitude of the O.J. Simpson case would have to find other fields to look in.

The smugglers would be out hundreds of millions of dollars.

Mexico would not have an excuse to meddle in the day to day operation of all levels of American government.

Mexico would not have to open a political office in Tucson.

The PRI would not have to establish a network to teach illegals how to get free medical help.

THE DOWNSIDE

Mexico would be out a lot of money since the people-smuggling money would be gone. A lot less money would be available for paying off government officials at various levels.

Mexico would be out a lot of money because of having to provide services to their people now being provided free in the U.S.

Tim Richardson

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