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April 5, 2009 at 4:14 PM

Immigration raid

Only politically correct laws enforced?

The follow-up article on the work-site raid at the Bellingham Yamato Engine plant left me dismayed [“Raided plant searched by Immigration,” NW Friday, April 3].

I find it troubling that the reporter failed to mention that more than 100 U.S. citizens were lined up the day after the raid to apply for the 28 jobs vacated by the arrests of the illegal aliens.

The article reported that many of those illegals arrested and released were given work permits. Presumably, the permits were issued to get their jobs back, negating the efforts of those U.S. citizens applying for the jobs there or wherever the illegals are employed. This, at a time of record national unemployment.

The article pointed out Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano wants to target criminal aliens and employers that flout our laws. Isn’t entering the U.S. illegally and falsifying documents illegal, hence criminal?

That would make the raids proper. Or do law-enforcement officials have to make a distinction now of enforcing laws only that are politically correct?

The article reported that advocates for immigrants want all raids stopped. How, then, do you get evidence to charge employers?

If this is the Obama way, then he cares about illegal aliens at the expense of our own U.S. citizens.

— Allen Charkow, Woodinville

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