• The Arizona law seems to be having a positive effect.

    "By Alan Gomez, USA TODAY
    Arizona's tough new immigration enforcement law is fueling an exodus of Hispanics from the state seven weeks before it goes into effect, according to officials and residents in the state.
    Though no one has precise figures, reports from school officials, businesses and individuals indicate worried Hispanics — both legal and illegal — are leaving the state in anticipation of the law, which will go into effect July 29.

    Schools in Hispanic areas report unusual drops in enrollment. The Balsz Elementary School District is 75% Hispanic, and within a month of the law's passage, the parents of 70 students pulled them out of school, said District Superintendent Jeffrey Smith. The district lost seven students over the same one-month period last year, and parents tell Smith the Arizona law is the reason for leaving."

    "They're leaving to another state where they feel more welcome," he said.

    Perhaps between the Arizona law, the possibility of more states passing similar laws and the anger over the border shootings lately, the illegals will boycott the US.

    June 10, 2010 at 8:14 a.m.
  • joetx,

    Why do American companies keep hiring them? Where have you been?
    American companies hire them, no exploit them, so they do not have to do what they are supposed to do. For instance,

    "When a business hires employees, the business must generally withhold federal and state income taxes, pay federal and state unemployment, and withhold "as well as pay Social Security and Medicare taxes on each employee"."

    When an employee can pay these people under that table, and at less than minimum wage, it makes it cheaper (more profitable) for them to hire illegals rather than citizens. It also gets the employees off the hook if one of them gets hurt. Employers can also slack on safety conditions.
    It has nothing to do with better workers most of the time. Money is the issue.

    June 10, 2010 at 1:15 a.m.
  • "I have experienced ridicule and harassment by people who, because they happen to be "white,"...

    I am truly sorry that you have experienced ridicule and harassment. I know your pain. As a young man growing up in Victoria, I was often the victim of the same.

    Often times I was called terrible names, picked on, made to feel frightened. All because of the color of my skin and the fact that I was different.

    There were times that I was scared to even walk down the streets of a certain neighborhood. Would I be stopped and asked what I was doing there? I mean, it was America wasn't it. I was told that America was the land of the free and I could go where I pleased.

    By the way, I am "white."

    You see Mr. Venegas, racial discrimination can happen to anyone. A intelligent man, such as yourself, should know better than to play the race card. It is the last act of a desperate man.

    One could argue that the left-wing finger pointers are guilty of preying on minorities and using their fear to push the left-wing agenda. I mean both sides are actually run by rich white people.

    The Arizona law clearly states that the intent is to enforce the laws governing illegal immigration. There is no distinction as to the country of origin of the offender. It also clearly outlines the practice employing illegal immigrants as being in violation of the law.

    June 9, 2010 at 11:29 p.m.
  • "Personally, I am more convinced than ever of the basic decency and common humanity of those being demonized by some groups as criminals and undesirables for the simple fact that they "look different."

    Sir, they ARE criminals. Any person regardless of nationality, ethnicity or color of skin who breaks the law IS a criminal. It is a criminal act to enter the United States without proper documentation.

    Your being a former professor means you're intelligent. You must understand the difference between people following the laws and people who don't. Your entire essay speaks to the fact that you favor the ethnic people of a foreign nation over the United States. Your loyalty to a foreign nation is, speaking personally, disgusting. I do not understand how a citizen of this great nation can live HERE, work HERE, make a good living HERE, take advantage of the opportunities HERE and, yet, be loyal to a country THERE.

    I do understand that the people who come here illegally are seeking a better life for themselves and their families. The simple fact is that people the world over are seeking better lives for themselves and their families. Everyone in the world can't come HERE. There are of necessity rules -- laws -- that describe the circumstances by which people from other countries may come. Just as desperate people from Somalia must follow the rules, so must the desperate people from Central and South America. No one in another country has a RIGHT to come here. Instead, the US has the RIGHT as well as the RESPONSIBILITY to control its borders and decide who may and may not enter. Those rules have NOTHING to do with how someone looks.

    June 9, 2010 at 10:42 p.m.
  • i agree with thinksalot that it is about economics. People say illegal aliens put a strain on the economy but I dont see it that way. They pay taxes just like you and me. They pay for gas,clothing,food which are all taxed. If we are so burdened by them then why do so many "American" companies keep hiring them.

    June 9, 2010 at 6:13 p.m.
  • Some people honestly believe that border crossings between the US and Mexico should be enforced no differently that those between, say Texas and Oklahoma. But the fact is that we are separate countries with unique laws and cultures. The United States of America should have the right to enforce the laws it has enacted. Cultural shifts should happen naturally and over time, not be forced upon the population by people who have no legal right to be here.

    No, it's not about "illegal immigration." It's about economics and social convention. Business owners and consumers DO ignore the legal status of those they employ. And our citizens' demands for illegal narcotics encourage and inflame cross border drug trafficking.

    We need to stop looking the other way and we need to obey our laws. That goes for everone.

    June 9, 2010 at 5:59 p.m.
  • "That they all came here legally or not is not the question"? YES, IT IS. Clearly, whatever the requirements for professorship at Victoria College, one of them is not a capacity for rational thought. We have many laws in this country, including those governing immigration. One who comes to this country in violation of these laws is ILLEGAL, i.e. a criminal. They have a "due process" right to be deported to whatever dirtbag country whence they came, no more, no less.

    As to these ILLEGAL ALIENS "contribut[ion] to the economy of our country" without any "drains on social services", try asking Citizen's and DeTar Hospitals how much they have to write off every year due to unpaid services rendered to ILLEGAL ALIENS. How do you think they stay in business, writing off millions of dollars in unpaid bills? They do it by charging the rest of us enough in addition to their cost of services to break even. Yes, every person in Victoria who uses the services of either hospital is subsidizing free health care for a ILLEGAL ALIENS. Want more? Try asking the Victoria Police Department and the County Sheriff's Office for an estimate of their costs in dealing with ILLEGAL ALIENS. And who pays for this? We do, every time we pay our taxes.

    My immigrant ancestors, as well as those of Mr. Rosenbrock, came to this country legally. They applied for permission to immigrate, waited as long as necessary to be approved, and only then did they come to this country. They did not sneak across the border in violation of the laws of this country.

    Mr. Venegas seems to feel that he has the right to decide which laws of this country will be enforced and which will be ignored. That is the first step on the road to anarchy. If there are laws of which he does not approve, he has the same right as any other American citizen to argue that they should be changed. He does not have the right to argue that valid laws should be ignored because he does not like them.

    June 9, 2010 at 4:13 p.m.