Friday, October 22, 2010

Some Rational Thinking on Immigration

We clearly have a problem in this Nation with illegal immigration.  People have always entered this country for a better life for themselves and their families.  The latest influx comes primarily because people can literally walk into the U.S., in spite of the difficulties in crossing the border, including capture or even death. A vast majority of undocumented workers in our Nation keep to themselves, do menial jobs, and try to provide for their families, including their children (who, if born here, by Federal law, are American citizens).  Most of these people work hard, aren’t involved in criminal behavior, and push their children to learn English.

Previous efforts to resolve this problem were largely thwarted by those whose only answer is “round them, up and send them back”.  Picture this scenario:  the U.S. government hires thousands of new Federal agents to sweep the country for a year or more, identify men, women, and children, forcibly take them from their homes and workplaces, and assembles a fleet of 240,000 buses across the country, all for the purpose of sending them “back”.  Such actions, as suggested by many in this country, would make the United States a pariah to the civilized world. This will not happen!!

The answer, of course, is for the country to enact Federal immigration reform.  If those who seek to deport these workers will instead agree on comprehensive legislation, we may yet resolve this problem without losing our moral principles? 

George Kanuck
Bluffton, SC

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Announcing the Lowcountry Immigration Coalition

This announces the formation of the Lowcountry Immigration Coalition.  The purpose of the Coalition is to support comprehensive immigration reform in the community, State and Nation.  The vision of the Coalition is to educate, inform, and advocate in support of fair immigration policies including the protection of immigration rights and liberties, prevention of discrimination, support of cultural awareness, and advancement of a human rights agenda.  Activities will involve meetings, public functions, and media, and will be inclusive of individuals, business, labor, local and State office holders, enforcement officials, faith communities, and members of the legal profession.  Future public meetings are planned.  For those interested in joining the Coalition, please contact us at