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April 13, 2009 at 4:00 PM

State’s indispensable immigrants

Must challenge biases

The piece published on Sunday, “State’s immigrants indispensable” [Opinion, April 12], like so many other statements of opinion, lays claim to the data and then formulates a conclusion. Excuse me, but the biases of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce (pro-corporate/business, anti-middle-class-American-worker) and OneAmerica (formerly Hate Free Zone), with an agenda that supports legitimization of those people illegally in my country, cannot go unchallenged.

The perpetuation of an immigration myth is predicated on an immigration policy that may have made sense 100 years ago, when the population (both the United States and the world) was one-fifth of what it is today, must be stopped.

Continued immigration, legal and otherwise, into the U.S. needs to be reconsidered in light of today’s realities. My country can no longer act as a sponge to soak up the population excess of the rest of the world, suppressing wages and diminishing opportunities for my fellow citizens.

It is time for a discussion on what is in the best interest of America and our citizens, without injecting the bias of those with a limited agenda of increasing their personal wealth at the expense of America’s middle class, or forcing their global humanist views upon America’s people.

— Greg Filzen, Everett

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