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March 11, 2009 at 4:00 PM

Immigration, security

In an attempt to stop terror, raids terrorize communities

The raid that took place last week in a Bellingham factory goes against President Obama’s promise of stopping raids at the workplace and working for comprehensive immigration reform [“Illegal immigrants arrested at Bellingham engine plant,” Local News, Feb, 25].

These actions are not going to help anyone in “the U.S. war against terrorism.” I want to ask if any of these people committed a crime other than coming to the U.S. with no documentation, in order to help their families and this country with all their hard work?

These actions are having a negative effect; they divide families, hurt businesses and make communities and minorities feel unsafe. They terrorize people, making them live in fear every day they go to work or, even worse, feel unsafe in their own homes.

I want to say thank you to Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano for her decision to review the raid in the Bellingham factory.

At the same time l would like to ask her to take firm steps to promote reform. We demand an end to raids.

My family and friends ask for your support of comprehensive immigration reform.

— Antonio Malagon, Seattle

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